Trump news – live: Pentagon chief says he opposes use of Insurrection Act, and White House blocks Chinese airlines from flying into US

Jon Sharman, Joe Sommerlad, Justin Vallejo

Defence secretary Mark Esper was in a precarious position after opposing Donald Trump's embrace of Insurrection Act, with the Pentagon reversing an earlier decision to remove troops after meetings with the White House.

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he wouldn't have approved a surveillance warrant on a Trump campaign staffer if he had known about FBI misconduct, but former FBI chief Andrew McCabe said the claims were "completely false".

Trump responded to the response of religious leaders to his photo-op at St John's Church by saying religious leaders loved it, and White House Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared the moment to Winston Churchill inspecting bombing during the Blitz in World War II.

Meanwhile, as Barak Obama participated in a town hall on race and policing, Trump sat down for an interview with former press secretary Sean Spicer and said "something snapped" in the police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes.