Mark Esper

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US soldiers in a  military training area in  southern Germany. The US is to   cut  its military presence in Germany by 11,900 troops. Photograph:  Getty Images

The Trump administration is pulling nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany in a move set to add to tensions within Nato. The decision comes after Presi(...)

Federal law enforcement agents disperse crowds in Portland, Oregon. President Donald Trump has threatened to send agents to other major cities – all controlled by Democrats. Photograph: Mason Trinca/The New York Times)

As Donald Trump met with Republican senators in the White House this week to discuss the next coronavirus stimulus bill, his attention turned to an is(...)

In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020, US secretary of defence Mark Esper speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon will effectively ban the display of the Confederate flag on military installations from Friday. The new policy(...)

 US president Donald Trump speaks alongside US national security adviser John Bolton (L) during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC, in May 2018. File photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

John Bolton said Donald Trump posed “a danger for the republic” if re-elected, in a scathing interview on US television on Sunday night. Mr Bolton, (...)

John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in May last year. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has reacted with fury at leaked excerpts from a book by his former national security adviser John Bolton, which contain dama(...)

US president Donald Trump at  a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida in 2016. Trump will deliver his Republican convention speech in Jacksonville, inside an arena that holds 15,000 people in August. File photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has demanded that those attending his first election rally of the summer, must sign a declaimer stating they will not sue hi(...)

 Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley: “My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The fall-out from the Trump administration’s use of law enforcement to disperse protesters near the White House last week has intensified, as the nati(...)

Minnesota State Troopers surrounded the statue of Christopher Columbus after it was toppled in Minnesota. Photograph: Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP

US protesters have pulled down a statute of Christopher Columbus outside the Minnesota State Capitol. A rope was thrown around the 10ft bronze statue(...)

Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, demonstration over the death of George Floyd: “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” says Gen James Mattis. Photograph: Timothy A Clary

President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the US military to quell protests across America has been strongly criticised by leading military figures as(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John’s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

It Can’t Happen Here was the title of a 1930s novel about America. Fascism never came to the US – nor is it likely to. But martial law, or something c(...)

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