- Esper’s comments were made during a briefing at the Pentagon.
- “The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
- Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not appear with Esper at the Pentagon briefing.