“I’m glad I don’t have to advise this President,” Myers, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff beneath President George W. Bush, instructed Source’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.” “I’m sure the senior military leadership is finding it really difficult these days to provide good, sound military advice.”
Myers, now the president of Kansas State University, stated Thursday that the episode stuffed him with “just absolute sadness.”
“As I understand it, that was a peaceful protest that was disturbed by force, and that’s not right,” he stated. “That should not happen in America. And so I was sad. I mean, we should all shed tears over that, that particular act.”
In latest days, Trump has confronted an unprecedented revolt from the elite corps of ex-military leaders and presidents over his response to the protests.
Change, Allen wrote, “will have to come from the bottom up. For at the White House, there is no one home.”
Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room podium, Esper stated, “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.
Myers careworn Thursday that whereas he does not usually publicly deal with present occasions, “the persons are doing what the Constitution permits” and that needs to be protected.
“There’s one thing in regards to the Constitution, you understand, all the ability within the Constitution is described in Articles I and II, and so they go to civilians,” he said.
“So as a — even a former navy officer, a former senior navy officer, I believe — I nonetheless respect civilian authority.”