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Ex-chief of staff Gen. John Kelly is latest to rip Trump as Esper orders troops to leave Washington

THE President's former chief of staff is the latest general to rip Donald Trump's call to deploy military troops - as Defense Secretary Mark Esper orders troops to leave Washington D.C.

Ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly slammed Trump's call to deploy troops to respond to 'civil unrest' if needed during a live-streamed interview on Friday.

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, told Anthony Scaramucci: "I agree with him. There is a concern, I think an awful big concern, that the partisanship has gotten out of hand, the tribal thing has gotten out of hand.

"He's quite a man, Jim Mattis, and for him to do that tells you where he is relative to the concern he has for our country."

Ex-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and General John Allen condemned the President's decision to use US troops against George Floyd protests.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he does not support invoking a law that would give Trump the ability to deploy US military to stop the George Floyd protests.

And now, according to a tweet by CBS News' Paula Reid: "A senior defense official tells @CBSNews Defense Secretary Esper has given the order to return all active duty troops brought into the capital region to their home bases."

The news comes after President Trump was blasted by military chiefs for threatening to deploy soldiers against George Floyd protesters.

Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged troops to "defend the Constitution" in a Thursday memo.

In the letter - Message to the Joint Force - Milley stated his opposition to the National Guard being used to handle civil unrest across the country.

It came as more than 17,000 National Guard troops were deployed across 23 states to patrol the cities that have erupted in protests and looting.

And the President was threatening to use the Insurrection Act to allow active duty troops to be deployed in American cities as well.

In a handwritten note at the bottom of the letter, Milley wrote: "We all committed our lives to the idea that is America.

"We will stay true to that and the American people."

Generals have won their battle with Trump as troops were taken out of Washington D.C.after military bosses publicly blasted the president's call to deploy them.

Hundreds of soldiers on standby near the National Capital are to be sent back to their home base in North Carolina, an official said on Thursday.

On Thursday, Trump insisted that Kelly "didn't know" he would fire Jim Mattis amid the mutiny of bitter ex-officials.

"John Kelly didn’t know I was going to fire James Mattis, nor did he have any knowledge of my asking for a letter of resignation. Why would I tell him, he was not..." he wrote.

"...in my inner-circle, was totally exhausted by the job, and in the end just slinked away into obscurity. They all want to come back for a piece of the limelight!"

"The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation," Kelly said, calling Mattis an "honorable man."

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