A U-turn, a rush to see Trump, a day of tension and surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper was three blocks from the FBI’s Washington field office last Monday evening when he got a call to divert immediately to the White House. President Donald Trump wanted a briefing on how the military was handling security as protests grew on the streets of the nation’s capital. The night before, Washington streets had filled with protesters angered by the death of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police officers. The president pushed for the fastest, most extreme measures while advisers at the Pentagon tried to persuade him that a more moderate approach would work.