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Can the president really order the military to occupy US cities and states?

 


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Jennifer Selin, University of Missouri-Columbia

(THE CONVERSATION) After a week of both peaceful protests and violent chaos in the wake of George Floyd's death, President Donald Trump announced, "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."

Is Trump's warning just bluster? Does the president have the authority to send the...



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