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As President Donald Trumpto commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the presidential election, the U.S. military will not be involved in any transfer of power or refusal to accept the results, says retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
“The military will have no role in a transition. In fact, even talk about it—I think—is irresponsible,” McMaster, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor from 2017 to 2018, said Sunday during an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press.
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WATCH: Former NSA H.R. McMaster says “the military will have no role in a transition” after the 2020 election.— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) : “Even talk about it, I think, is irresponsible.”
“It shouldn’t even be a topic for discussion,” McMaster said, adding that the founders were “very concerned” about the “separation of powers” and the “line between military and politics.”
Asked earlier this week whether he would promise to leave office peacefully regardless of the outcome, Trump said, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.” Trump has also previously raised the possibility of, which would enable him to deploy military forces within the U.S., amid Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the country.
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Some senior Pentagon officials have already distanced themselves from endorsing the use of military during elections. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milleyin testimony released last month, that he does “not see the U.S. military as part of” the process of “carrying out elections, and for resolving disputes over the outcome of elections,” CNN reported.
Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders,, have dismissed any assertion that there will not be a peaceful transition of power. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney called Trump’s comments on a peaceful transition
This is not the first time McMaster has criticized Trump. McMaster has alsoagainst the President’s strategy of from Afghanistan as well as his reluctance to for interfering in U.S. elections.
Former National Security Advisor McMaster Says It's 'Irresponsible' to Discuss Military's Role in 2020 Election Transition .
President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the presidential election , the U.S. military will not be involved in any transfer of power or refusal to accept the results, says retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. © Florian Gaertner—Photothek/Getty Images Former U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster is pictured during the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, 2018 in Munich, Germany. “The military will have no role in a transition.