October 1, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper turns on Trump: ‘I was not aware a photo op was happening’

The mainstream media is in an uproar over Trump’s appearance at St. John’s Church in Washington D.C. on Monday, and it appears that Defense Secretary Mark Esper has bent the knee to the liberal outrage over Trump’s “photo op” at the vandalized church.

Esper told Pentagon reporters on Wednesday that “I was not aware a photo op was happening, I do everything I can to stay apolitical,” though he did admit that he was fully aware that he would be visiting the church and National Guard troops with Trump.

As Trump attempts to gain control of the widespread riots in the nation, Esper has made headlines for openly opposing Trump’s riot response in recent days.

Esper also raised eyebrows by proclaiming that he does “not support invoking the Insurrection act” to control the riots. Invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 would allow the Federal Government to direct the military to suppress the domestic unrest.

“I say this not only as secretary of defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard,” Esper said. “The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.

“We are not in one of those situations now,” he concluded. “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

Trump himself has not indicated a desire to invoke the Insurrection Act at this point, but White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed on Monday that the president could choose to invoke it if riots continue to escalate.

“It’s one of the tools available, whether the president decides to do that, that is his prerogative,” McEnany said, adding that “right now we’re looking on a focus on the National Guard, that’s where it currently stands.”

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154 Responses

  1. Ricky & Stella, I concur with you about being thankful that Trump is POTUS. Had the Dumb Democrats been in that position the United States would no longer be a free country. It would be a Socialist one. They could NOT have done 1/8 of what he has done in the past 4 years as well as he has done it nor would they have had all the people against them. the Republicans would have treated THEY decently, not fiercely as they did Trump. Impeachment was on their mind even before he went into office JUST because HILLARY didn’t become out president, and THANK GOD she didn’t else we’d be in SOCIALISM today! She knows nothing but evil as do ALL demonrats! Demonrats is the REAL name for democrats because that is what they are: demons & rats. They do NOT know how to compromise as their predecessors did a mere 4 years ago, they say “It’s is MY way or NO way”.

  2. Whatever needs to be done must be to stop this lawlessness and madness. America and Americans do not need or deserve this. All these folks that hate our country should go to another country and stop trying to ruin this great nation. Trump 2020.

  3. I agree with all. But Esper should be fired now, no excuses. If the cabinet does not agree, they most go. Also, we should put Sosos in jail, no way out, and after remove him from the US and take all his american funds-for being a commie-socialist-Hilter- Russia – China – Cuba at this time

  4. “I say this not only as secretary of defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard,” Esper said. “The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.

    “We are not in one of those situations now,” he concluded. “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It appears that Esper is an enemy of the US just like all leftists…..He is an idiot if he does not believe that America will be DEAD in a short while, thanks to the leftist imbeciles who are doing their best to totally destroy our ONCE GREAT NATION.

  5. Ricky & Stella, I concur with you about being thankful that Trump is POTUS. Had the Dumb Democrats been in that position the United States would no longer be a free country. It would be a Socialist one. They could NOT have done 1/8 of what he has done in the past 4 years as well as he has done it nor would they have had all the people against them. the Republicans would have treated THEY decently, not fiercely as they did Trump. Impeachment was on their mind even before he went into office JUST because HILLARY didn’t become out president, and THANK GOD she didn’t else we’d be in SOCIALISM today! She knows nothing but evil as do ALL demonrats! Demonrats is the REAL name for democrats because that is what they are: demons & rats. They do NOT know how to compromise as their predecessors did a mere 4 years ago, they say “It’s is MY way or NO way”.

  6. So Esper admits that this was not a planned photo-op. He would have known if it was planned so the left was wrong. The President has and holds deeply religious beliefs but does not use them or shove them down others throats which is proper. Now as to the Insurrection Act, I personally do not think it should be involked at this time, local law enforcement maybe assisted by State Law Enforcement and the State National Guard who is under the direction of the State Governor may be called in in certain instances and under or in conjunction with law enforcement help to protect people and property. Law Enforcement is primary as they are the professionals.
    We are being attacked by professional agitators whose goal is to change our Government into a Socialist type instead of a Republic.

  7. I as x military was concerned about our country before but after Sec of defense made his statement I am now scared instead. If Esper is our protector we of all people are in a world of trouble and danger. He would not invoke the insurrection Act except as a last resort well in my opinion when our towns are being destroyed and law enforcement vehicles being burned police assaulted it kinda resembles a last resort to me. This dude either is incompitant or part of the problem and for the safety of our country needs to go. Maybe he would be better suited as a school crossing guard but then that would put our children at risk. Maybe dog catcher sorry dog lovers to pawn him off on you. President Trump has fired some of his staff before maybe he needs to do it again.

  8. That was wonderful , thank God, wish I could have been there also. Don’t let the devil win, keep pushing.

  9. Esper, doesn’t support our President calling out any help…..he don’t deserve to be in his position. I want the president to on TV in the Oval office and talk to the American People, those of us that do support him, need to hear him. Just be down to earth where we are and put forth a plan to bring us out of all this. The American people, I should say American Republicans that love our country will stand by whatever decision he makes. The American people are hurting during all this!

  10. I think it was a great thing President Trump going to St John’s . Leftists had burned an historic Church disgusting ! We must stand against these violent vandalizing thugs ! We are America a land of laws ,love & peace ! Those using George Floyd as a cover to loot ,purge & kill & hurt law enforcement should be held accountable!

  11. Trump needs to get rid of Esper! He is obviously a traitor! The gall of Esper complaining about a photo op, yet did a news op himself, stabbing Trump in the back! There was nothing wrong with Trump doing a photo op, since when does Trump have to advise Esper, who sounds petty, ungrateful, disloyal, unprofessional and is obviously wanting to embarrass Trump, who is a great President! Espers disloyalty undeserved! If Trump wants to call

  12. I think way too much is being made of this “photo opportunity”. There are more important things to focus on—like getting control over the riots.

  13. I believe the president is trying everything he can to bring back peace to our country, but even he has a limit to what he can do ,it’s
    up to the people to stop the reckless looting & stealing for it
    resolves nothing.!

  14. The left is praising Joe Biden for “taking a knee” in a church and calling for prayer with regards to the riots while lambasting Trump for what they see as ” positioning his body in front of St. John’s Episcopal” and for “holding a Bible aloft, like a trophy, for the cameras.”

    All Moses had to do was hold up a serpent on a pole to stop the pandemic of his day. Holding up the Bible is a similar and more powerful gesture. It’s a reminder that our nation and constitution are based on Biblical principles and the God of that Bible is who we turn to for help in times of need. It’s like raising a flag. Trump didn’t need to sit in a church service, like Joe Biden, nor “take a knee” as a feigned show of humility and pray insincere prayers. Trump was directing our nation back to its source without a sermon being said! Joe Biden taking a knee is something he should have done a long time ago. He is a pretender – not an actual believer – or he wouldn’t have gone along with Obama’s abomination of putting Muslim prayer rugs in the White House for Islamic prayers to a false god. Jesus, who is God’s Word “made flesh,” said that if He is lifted up He would cause all men to come to Him (for the help they need). It took a great deal of guts for our president to stand before the media and world and hold up that Bible! Joe Biden could not have done that. As the saying goes, “Lord I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day..” God saw it and He will respond.

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