Defense Secretary gives wild excuse for tear-gassing: I thought we were going to see a bathroom
President Donald Trump is being widely condemned for his actions on Monday, where a group of peaceful protesters outside the White House were tear-gassed in order for him and his entourage to walk across the street for a photo-op.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is now claiming ignorance. He says, according to NBC News, that he had absolutely no notice of what was going on and thought he was going to observe a vandalized bathroom.
"I thought I was going to do two things: to see some damage (of the bathroom) and to talk to the troops," Esper said.
"I didn't know where I was going," he said further. "I wanted to see how much damage actually happened."
It sounds like the president told him to follow him without actually telling him what was going on. What ensued was Esper and other senior administration officials standing by Trump's side while he held up a bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church.
An official claims he wasn't made aware that officers would be tear-gassing people to enable them to make the casually stroll.
"They were not aware that Park Police and law enforcement made the decision to clear the square," said the official.
Sources told NBC that the real reason Trump made the walk was because he "wanted the visual." Trump was apparently upset that coverage over the weekend talked about him hiding inside a bunker while Joe Biden was seen chatting with protesters outside in the open.
Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also there in full combat dress. Mike Mullen, who held the same job as Milley in Obama's administration, was disgusted and came out saying he could "no longer be silent" after witnessing National Guards troops being used against American civilians in such a way. Several members of Congress are calling for Milley's resignation.