The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley has announced he was wrong to accompany President Trump and his cabinet members on a walk to a church through Lafayette Square outside of the White House.
Trump walked to pose with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church, a D.C. landmark where every president beginning with James Madison has worshipped.
The photo op came following the use of controversial police tactics, including using pepper gas and flashbangs to clear Lafayette Square shortly before curfew would’ve compelled the protesters, most of whom were peacefully demonstrating, to disperse.
The hardball tactics and staged event received, at best, mixed reactions overall, though they had subsided in the wake of escalating tensions elsewhere (RELATED: The Most Insane Reactions to the Riots).
For his part, Gen. Milley expressed regret that the photographs of him accompanying Trump that day gave the perception of a politicized military, saying, “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” He concluded his apology with, “As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it.”