Trump's former defence secretary issues strong rebuke of president, use of military against protests - 2020-06-03
In an extraordinary rebuke, former U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and said his former boss was setting up a "false conflict" between the military and civilian society.
"I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled," Mattis wrote.
The criticism was all the more remarkable because Mattis has generally kept a low profile since resigning as defence secretary in December 2018 to protest Trump's Syria policy. He had declined to speak out against Trump, saying he owed the nation public silence while his former boss remained in office.