Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yet another former military leader, retired Marine Corps four-star general John Allen, is criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Allen writes that events on Monday, the day Trump walked across Lafayette Park in Washington after protesters were routed, “may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.” A day earlier, Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using active-duty troops to quell protests in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief.