Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a retired Navy admiral, wrote in The Atlantic on Tuesday that he was "sickened" by security personnel "forcibly and violently" clearing out peaceful protesters on Monday evening so President Trump could stand outside St. John's Church in Washington, D.C. "Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so," he said. "This is not the time for stunts. This is the time for leadership." Mullen is "confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform," but is "less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops."
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