Military leaders speak of ‘battle space’ in leaked call with governors

President Trump called on governors to “dominate” street protests related to the death of George Floyd while in police custody, calling on the use of lethal military force, while Defense Secretary Mark Esper described America’s streets as a “battle space.”

“You’ve got a big National Guard out there that’s ready to come and fight like hell,” Trump told governors on the Monday call, which was leaked to the press.

Esper lamented that only two states called up more than 1,000 Guard members of the 23 states that have called up the Guard in response to street protests. The National Guard said Monday that 17,015 Guard members have been activated for
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