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Politics Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

20:07  17 july  2021
20:07  17 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Top generals feared Trump would attempt coup after election and had informal plan to stop it: book

  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.

Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley are posing for a picture: Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS © Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS
  • Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup.
  • "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said.
  • Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff since September 2019.
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Former President Donald Trump on Friday said that General Mark Milley should be "court-martialed and tried" if he believed that the former president sought to carry out a coup, referencing an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

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Trump has pushed back against the excerpt from "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," which said that Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the possibility of a coup with friends, legislators, and colleagues.

"The writings within these third-rate books are Fake News, and 'General' Milley (who [former Defense Secretary James] Mattis wanted to send to Europe in order to get rid of him), if he said what was reported, perhaps should be impeached, or court-martialed and tried," the former president said in a statement. "He tries to be a tough guy, which he is not, but he choked beyond belief as soon as a microphone was stuffed in front of his face or, at the mere sight of the Fake News Media."

He added: "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."

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After the 2020 election, Trump refused to meet with his successor, now-President Joe Biden, and spent weeks seeking to overturn the results through litigation and strong-arm tactics.

The excerpts from the book reveal that Milley felt as though he needed to be "on guard" in the remaining days of the administration after the election.

"They may try, but they're not going to f---ing succeed," Milley reportedly told his deputies. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns."

CNN reported on the bombshell detail from the book on Wednesday.

That day same, Trump also fired back at the comments reportedly made by Milley.

"I never threatened, or spoke to, anyone about a coup of our government. So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but the Election is my form of 'coup', and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is Mark General Milley," Trump said in a statement.

Trump's storied history of praising then slamming top military generals

  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.

On Friday, Trump went after Milley once again, expressing that he had "lost total confidence" in the general while in office while also bringing up the now-infamous photo op held at St. John's Church in Washington, DC, last year.

"Never once did I have a discussion with him 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," Trump said.

The photo op occured after protestors were violently cleared from Lafayette Park, which immediately attracted criticism. However, the inspector general for the Interior Department determined in June 2021 that the US Park Police and Secret Service did not clear the park for Trump's photoshoot, but to install anti-scale fencing.

Milley apologized for taking part in the walk alongside Trump last year.

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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.

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