Monday, June 8, 2020

AG Barr Responds to Media Lies About D.C. Riots and Trump's 'Demand' to Send in Troops
Posted: Jun 07, 2020

Wiliam Barr gave an interview to Margaret Brennan on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday in which the attorney general corrected a lot of false reporting about President Trump's response to the widespread violence and crime that has plagued American cities.

Brennan began with a CBS report that said President Trump was demanding 10,000 active-duty troops be ordered into American streets.

"That is completely false," Barr responded.

The attorney general said a D.C. official told him that Sunday night was the worst violence the nation's capital has seen in 30 years, something Barr said "the media has not done a very good job at covering."

Barr said that he, along with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and others involved in the decision-making process, all agreed troops should be deployed only as a last resort. For that reason, troops were put on standby in case other agencies became overwhelmed by the violence.

"I think everyone was on the same page," Barr recalled.

If Trump, as commander-in-chief of the military demanded troops be sent into cities, as CBS reported, they would be there.

"I think the reporting is completely false on this," Barr concluded.

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