Pentagon leaders face grilling on use of military in unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon’s top leaders are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with United States (US)President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd in police hands.

The House hearing yesterday provided the first congressional testimony by Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley since March 4, when they appeared to discuss the administration’s defence budget proposal. That was before the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic became apparent and before nationwide civil unrest threw the Pentagon’s relations with Trump into crisis.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin