Politics Trump Denies Conversation With General Milley About Coup, 'Never Even Gave A Thought'
Top generals feared Trump would attempt coup after election and had informal plan to stop it: book
Top U.S. were so concerned that former President Trump might stage a coup or take other illegal actions after his 2020 election loss that they discussed informal plans to stop him, according to excerpts from a forthcoming book obtained by CNN.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and others were concerned that Trump or his allies would stage a coup in an attempt to have him stay in power, according to a new book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig's and Philip Rucker, "I Alone Can Fix It," which is set to be released next Tuesday.
Former Presidenthas denied that he ever had a conversation about a coup with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, after reports emerged that the highest-ranking U.S. officer feared Trump would attempt a coup to maintain the presidency.
"Despite the fact that the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen, and while numerous people, including the outside public, were saying we should bring in the Military, I never even gave it a thought," Trump wrote in a Friday statement.
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"Never once did I have a discussion with [Milley] about bringing in the Military, or a 'coup,' which makes sense, because I lost total confidence in him and the way he handled himself on our little walk to the church," he said, referring to a walk the two took together as part of a larger group to St. John's Church in June 2020.
The trip to the church received widespread criticism because U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops using tear gas and pepper spray dispersed a crowd of protesters at Lafayette Square before Trump and Milley and the others walked through the park to get to St. John's.
On Friday, Trump stated that there was never an attempt of a coup, although a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a deadly attack on January 6 as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Trump's favor.
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"There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened, and it's just a waste of words by fake writers and a General who didn't have a clue," Trump said.
His remarks come after claims from an upcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker—I Alone Can Fix It—claimed that Milley feared that Trump would attempt a coup. The book also alleges that the top general and other Joint Chiefs planned to individually resign instead of carrying out unconstitutional orders from Trump in the wake of the election.
Trump's Friday statement is the second time he has fired back at the book's claims this week.
On Thursday, Trump dismissed the book's assertion and said that while he isn't Into coups," Milley would be the "one of the last people I would want to do [a coup] with."
"The way I look at Milley, he's just a better politician than a general, trying to curry favor with the Radical Left and the absolute crazy people espousing a philosophy which will destroy our Country!" Trump said.
Trump's storied history of praising then slamming top military generals
Former President Donald Trump has a storied history of welcoming some of the nation's top military generals with open arms and then offering up scathing criticism over their performance in his administration and beyond. © Provided by Washington Examiner Perhaps one of the most high-profile feuds since he departed the Oval Office is between Trump and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has appeared to become a thorn in the former president's side.
The former president nominated Milley to his position back in 2018.
Newsweek reached out to the Department of Defence but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Top general responds to reports he feared Trump would use military after losing .
The nation's top general on Wednesday responded to reports he feared former President Donald Trump would use the military after losing the election. While Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, at a rare Pentagon news conference, declined to comment on specific claims made in the book, he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Wednesday were emphatic that the military is and ought to remain a strictly "apolitical" institution.