But a day later, the inside view of the White House was that the president was unlikely to do so now, because the US election was close, and a senior administration official said that the dismissal of esper was not worth the removal of officials five months before the election..
Esper also said he did not support the use of the 213 year old rebel law to deploy active U.S. forces to deal with riots in cities across the country. And thats what trump has been thinking.
The use of active forces for law enforcement functions can only be used as a last resort and only in the most urgent and critical situations, esper said. Were not in that situation yet.
A senior U.S. administration official said White House officials argued to trump that espers press conference was a miscommunication, not an attempt to undermine the level or shake the president. The official also pointed out that at present, the feeling inside the White House is still that trump no longer insists on using the rebellion law, because some of the riots accompanied by the protests seem to calm down in many places.