America’s top general is saying ‘sorry’ for showing up in a photo op with President Donald Trump after the dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week, saying the move was a “mistake.”
Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also went on to say that he was “outraged” by the killing of George Floyd and added that the protests it sparked spoke to “centuries of injustice toward African Americans.”
“As senior leaders, everything you do will be closely watched. And I am not immune. As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society,” Milley, said in a pre-recorded speech to a group of graduates from the National Defense University released on Thursday.
“I should not have been there. 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,” he added.
While he did not pose for photographs with Trump upon arriving at St. John’s Church, Milley, dressed in his military gear , was captured on camera walking by Trump as he moved from the White House to the church.
Milley has quickly drawn harsh criticism online for his retraction. He was clearly undermining his boss who happens to be the President of the United States. President Trump recently clashed with General Mattis and General Kelly in what seems to be a trend of Generals interjecting themselves into politics.