His relationship with top military officials strained, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday will address the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy against a backdrop of urgent questions about the role of soldiers in a civil society.
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The Defense Department has still drafted contingency plans for how to deploy active-duty military if needed, according to documents.
Trump has urged the governors of states that are seeing particularly tense protests to be more aggressive against demonstrators.
Some legal experts say the president does indeed have the authority under the Insurrection Act of 1807 to dispatch the military in states that are unable to put down an insurrection or are defying federal law.