A separate official told CNN that any unit at Fort Drum would be taken from the Tenth Mountain Division.
Defense Secretary Mark Asper and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Millie “have spoken to Governor Wallace twice in person in the last 24 hours and have expressed readiness to assist local and state authorities as requested,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Roth Hoffman said in a statement Saturday. .
“The governor of Minnesota has no request at this time for the Title 10 force to support the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement,” Hoffman said.
“As part of a prudent plan, the department has instructed U.S. Northern Command to increase the alert status of some units if requested by their governor to support the Minnesota authorities. These units typically maintain a 48-hour recovery to support state civil authorities.” For a few cottages (like a natural disaster) and is now in a 4 hour state, ”he added.
During a news conference in Minneapolis on Saturday, Wallace told reporters that he had spoken with Asper and Millie about the possibility of deploying military police in areas where protests are taking place.
“I think it’s really important for people to think about protecting our nation’s independence, its civil liberties, to make sure that civilians control the military – and especially inside America – by civilians, by civilians – by National Guard soldiers,” Olze said. Said.
“That’s why we’re accessing and they’re helping us access all of these resources through the National Guard and our surrounding states.”
“They’re not talking about uniting the entire U.S. military,” Olze said, adding that the number of troops would probably be in the hundreds.
He also argued that relying on state partners would be “easier” and “faster” than on the federal military.
Military police may be used for crowd control but will not engage in any law enforcement or deadly activity other than self-defense under federal law.
A defense official told CNN “unequivocally” that President Donald Trump did not instruct “alternatives” to enforcing the coup law, which could pave the way for sending troops even if no governor asks them.