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Foster denounces Trump's threat to use military in Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster denounced President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military to cities where some unrest turned violent as many protested police brutality against African Americans.

Foster, D-Naperville, along with several other Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to Trump this week to express their “strong concern” with the potential deployment of the military.

“Such action would be made over the objection of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and against historic precedent, in order to end peaceful protests and, in your words, ‘dominate the streets,’ ” the members wrote.

On Monday, Trump declared himself “the president of law and order” when he threatened to use military force.

The members also cited U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper who said this week he opposed using troops to contain the protests. Esper explained that the use of active duty forces in law enforcement “should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” according to the letter.

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