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They are abandoning US President Donald Trump, not only for joining the beleaguered leader for a tasteless photo-op in front of the St. John’s Episcopal Church across the White House but also making it appear that the military supports his political gimmicks, Ryan Browne, Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen wrote for CNN.

Late on Thursday, June 11, 2020, Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized for accompanying Trump to the church, where the President waved a Holy Bible upside down after the police and other law enforcers used tear gas and flash grenades to disperse protesters.

Milley said he was "outraged" by the killing of George Floyd and added that the protests it sparked spoke to "centuries of injustice toward African Americans." He added: "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."

"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 said.

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