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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough calls for Defense Secretary Mark Esper to step down over St. John's church visit

Added 06-03-20 09:43:02am EST - “MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called for Defense Secretary Mark Esper to step down on Wednesday morning for his role in Monday's event outside St. John's Episcopal Church across from the White House” - Foxnews.com

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called for Defense Secretary Mark Esper to step down on Wednesday morning for his appearance at Monday’s event outside St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House

Scarborough criticized President Trump for posing outside St. John’s Church -- just hours after part of the church was burned during a night of rioting over the death of George Floyd in the nation’s capital. Critics have slammed the gesture, with many dismissing it as a photo op.

The “Morning Joe” namesake took particular issue with Trump holding the Bible for cameras, calling it a “prop,” and blasting members of the administration who participated.

Esper was at the church with Trump and has defended the visit, saying he wanted to assess the damage to a bathroom in the area and speak with troops. "I thought I was going to do two things, to see some damage and to talk to the troops," he told NBC News, fueling Scarborough’s outrage.

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