WASHINGTON: The nation’s top Army General Mark Milley, admitted his mistake for appearing to be involved in domestic politics by walking alongside President Donald trump through Lafayette Square for his Church photo op. The Army General said his attendance, “created a perception of military involvement in domestic politics.”
During a National Defence University commencement, Mark Milley expressed his regret for his presence in the ceremony and said “I should not have been there.”
The Presidents walk to the Church for a photo op received much backlash. Pepper spray and flashbangs were used on the street at mostly peaceful protesters to clear the path for President Trump. People were gathered in the area for peaceful protests after an African American man George Floyd, was murdered by a white cop.
Milley said his presence at the ceremony was a mistake and it compromised his dedication to a military separate from domestic politics.
“My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics,” he said. “As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it.”
By making these statements, Milley risked a possible backlash from President Trump who has previously responded harshly to criticism of his events.
White House hails President Trumps Lafayette Square event as a “leadership moment”
Milley’s statements made at the National Defense University were the first to be made after the event took place on June 1st. The White House has addressed the event as a “leadership moment” similar to that of Winston Churchill when he inspected the damage in London from German bombs during the second world war.