By Tim Evans – BBC NewsA group of students from a public high school in eastern Michigan have sparked outrage after calling on the president to “bring our troops home” and take “a stand against white supremacy” in a letter to him.
In a letter published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday, the students wrote: “You said it yourself: We need to bring our troops back to our country.
‘Diversity is our strength.’
You have the right idea, but it is not what we need.”
The letter was written by two students, Hannah Sowder and Hannah Miller, who are both white and attended a school in the town of West Michigan called East High School.
“It’s not about you, it’s about our nation, our families and our future.
‘I’m not a racist.
I’m just a American.’
That’s the message that needs to be heard,” Miller said.”
We feel like it’s a personal attack on us, on the Trump administration and that they are targeting us,” Sowders told the Guardian.”
The fact that they have not only said it but that they’ve actually been quoted in a news article says a lot about how serious we feel about this.”
The students’ letter follows Trump’s announcement on Monday that he would ask Congress to “reconsider” the use of the military in the war on terror, saying: “We need a military that’s prepared to stand up and say no.
And we need it now more than ever.”
The ACLU’s letter to Trump was published in the Detroit Free Press newspaper.
“President Trump has said that his first order is to stop using the military to wage war against the people of the United States, and that this is what he intends to do as president,” said Alex Abdo, deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan, in a statement.
“This letter is not about the military, but about the use and abuse of the armed forces by the Trump Administration.”
The president, who has frequently criticized the armed services, said in September that he wanted to make sure that the military would not be used against the American people.
“As I’ve made clear, I want the military and our military families to stay out of the political process,” Trump said in a speech.
And I want all military families who are deployed to defend our nation to stay there.””
I want them not to get distracted by politics.
And I want all military families who are deployed to defend our nation to stay there.”
The military has been a frequent target for Trump, who during the 2016 presidential campaign claimed that the armed force was being used to “steal” American jobs and that the US military was being “sabotaged” by Democratic leaders.
In his address on Monday, Trump called for a total re-evaluation of the use, and withdrawal from, the military.
“I will seek your help and your support in ensuring that we have the most effective, efficient and effective force in history to defeat and defeat the forces of evil, and to secure our Nation,” he said.
Trump’s remarks sparked a backlash on social media, with some critics calling on him to rescind his order.
“Trump wants to force all Americans to live in a world where they can’t speak out against him,” tweeted David Gascón, a writer for the conservative site The Federalist.
“How is that ‘good for the people’?” tweeted Kyle Kasten, an editor for the left-leaning progressive outlet Vox.
“When will we get to a place where Trump can say what he really believes?” tweeted Alex Abdallah, an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan.
“There is nothing good about Trump’s comments,” Abdalla wrote in a tweet.
“He’s already told America to leave the military because it’s not ‘necessary’.
Now he wants to make us take a stand?””
The President has said many times that he wants the military not to be used to wage a war on people of colour, women, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, Muslims, Muslims of colour and African-Americans,” Abdo said.
The group’s letter was signed by two others, and came amid Trump’s call on Congress to pass a “military spending bill” that would increase military spending by about $1 trillion over the next decade.
“Our nation is facing an imminent, grave threat from an enemy that is determined to bring its own agenda to bear on our democracy, our nation and our lives,” Miller wrote.
“If Congress fails to act, we will be forced to act on our own, and our families will be left alone, our lives will be taken away and we will feel powerless.”
Trump has repeatedly attacked the military during his presidency, accusing the military of being “stolen” from the American military and the Democrats for taking advantage of its readiness to fight overseas.
“Congress, we are going to stop the wars,” Trump told