Milley, Trump had confrontation over protest response, book reveals

WASHINGTON — At the height of last summer's protests for racial justice, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, unloaded on former President Donald Trump on how to handle unrest accompanying the demonstrations, a new account reveals.

In excerpts from an upcoming book by The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender, as detailed by Axios, a confrontation between Trump and Milley over how to manage the protests reached a boiling point, with Trump shouting expletives at the military's top adviser to the president.

During a Situation Room meeting including Trump, Milley, former Attorney General Bill Barr and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Trump called for invoking the Insurrection Act. He designated Milley as “in charge” of the government's response to a potential military crackdown on riots in communities across the country, according to Bender's account.

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