Top US General Apologizes for This Image

Mark Milley, joint chiefs chairman, says he shouldn't have walked with Trump
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2020 9:49 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2020 11:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – The fallout from President Trump's now-famous walk from the White House to St. John's Church continues: On Thursday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff apologized for joining the president on that June 1 walk in military fatigues, reports CNN. "I should not have been there," said Army Gen. Mark Milley in commencement remarks at the National Defense University. "My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it." Related:

  • On Floyd: Trump's walk became controversial because authorities cleared George Floyd protesters from his path to the church using tear gas (or something like it), and Trump then posed for photos holding a Bible. During his speech Thursday, Milley referred to Floyd, calling his killing "senseless and brutal." He said it "amplified the pain, the frustration, and the fear that so many of our fellow Americans live with day in, day out."

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