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Politics Top general responds to reports he feared Trump would use military after losing

05:08  22 july  2021
05:08  22 july  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

The Growing Politicization of America’s Military

  The Growing Politicization of America’s Military Remarks by America’s most senior military officer mark the latest step in the continued erosion of relations between the armed forces and their civilian leaders.As CNN reports, “Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup,” and although journalists have largely recounted either private conversations or actions that Milley was planning—that is, giving him credit for things he might have done but hadn’t—the comments cast him in a flattering light, a soldier stalwart in defense of democracy.

A new book says General Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, feared that President Trump would attempt a coup to stay in office. Former President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he wouldn’t have used the military to illegally seize control of the government after his election loss. In a lengthy statement, Trump responded to revelations in a new book detailing fears from Gen. Mark Milley that the outgoing president would stage a coup during his final weeks in office.

He has faced conservative criticism amid reports that generals considered preventing President Trump using armed forces to cling to power. A new book revealed that Milley feared a Trump coup after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. Milley said he would not comment on any books' claims. Gen Mark Milley dodged questions on Wednesday about his fears that President Trump would launch a coup, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff faced reporters for the first time since revelations that he considered ways to resist any armed efforts to stay in power.

America's top general on Wednesday spoke publicly for the first time about whether he feared then-President Donald Trump would try to involve the military in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as reported in a newly-released book.

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.

"I, the other members of the Joint Chiefs, and all of us in uniform, we take an oath, an oath to a document, an oath to the Constitution of the United States, and not one time do we violate that," Milley told reporters asking about the book excerpts. "The entire time, from time of commissioning to today, I can say with certainty that every one of us maintained our oath of allegiance to that document, the Constitution, everything that's contained within it," he said, referring to the Joint Chiefs.

New Trump revelations underscore his undimmed danger

  New Trump revelations underscore his undimmed danger The most chilling implication from new reports that America's top military officer feared Donald Trump would try to order the armed forces to stage a coup is not how close the nation came to a post-election disaster last year. © Seth Wenig/AP Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. It's the extreme danger that the US system of government, Constitution and cherished freedoms would face if an ex-President even now trying to revive his demagogic political career ever gets anywhere near the Oval Office again.

Mark Milley feared Trump might take unconstitutional actions after losing the election, according to the new book "I Alone Can Fix It." "I Alone Can Fix It," written by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, describes how Milley and others feared Trump might take unconstitutional actions should he lose . CNN first reported on this excerpt. The top brass was so disturbed by Trump 's rhetoric casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election before it was held that the leaders discussed contingency plans for how to thwart any illegal power grabs by the president, including how and when

According to a new book about Donald Trump ’s final year as president, the nation’s top military leader was worried about what Trump might do to remain in power after the 2020 election. NBC News’ Courtney Kube explains the conversations detailed in the book. According to a new book by two Washington Post reporters, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley compared former President Trump ’s lies about the election to Nazi-era Germany. Milley was reportedly also concerned Trump would attempt a coup. In a statement, Trump said he never threatened a coup, and that

"I want you to know, and I want everyone to know, I want America to know, that the United States military is an apolitical institution -- we were then, we are now -- and our oath is to the Constitution, not to any individual at all," he said. "And the military did not and will not and should not ever get involved in domestic politics. We don't arbitrate elections. That's the job of the judiciary and the legislature and the American people. It is not the job of the U.S. military. We stayed out of politics, we're an apolitical institution."

Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley are posing for a picture © Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Austin went out of his way to defend Milley.

"We fought together, we served a couple of times in the same units," Austin said. "I'm not guessing at his character -- he doesn't have political bone in his body."

Trump Denies Conversation With General Milley About Coup, 'Never Even Gave A Thought'

  Trump Denies Conversation With General Milley About Coup, 'Never Even Gave A Thought' "There was no talk of a coupit 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."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.

The report alleges that Milley feared Trump would carry out a "Reichstag moment," or manufacture a crisis in order to "swoop in," rescue the nation, and attempt to retain power, much like Adolf Hitler did in 1933. According to the article, Milley warned Trump that if he took military action against Iran, he But under Trump , conflict between the two countries reached historic highs after the former president withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and later ordered a drone strike that killed Iran's top general , Qassem Soleimani, in 2020. In Thursday's report , Glasser said that the book, which is written by her

Senator Rand Paul claimed election fraud happened while at a house committee on the election after Donald Trump claimed the election was fraudulent after Joe Biden won. Paul did not cite any evidence to support his statement.

Before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Milley saw ominous parallels between the political turmoil in the United States and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, according to "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Final Catastrophic Year," by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig.

"He had earlier described to aides that he kept having a stomach-churning feeling that some of the worrisome early stages of 20th-century fascism in Germany were replaying in 21st-century America. He saw parallels between Trump’s rhetoric about election fraud and Adolf Hitler’s insistence to his followers at the Nuremberg rallies that he was both a victim and their savior. 'This is a Reichstag moment,' Milley told aides. 'The gospel of the Führer,'" Rucker and Leonnig wrote.

Mark A. Milley wearing a suit and tie: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 1, 2020, in Washington. © Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 1, 2020, in Washington.

The authors say that Milley believed Trump was stoking unrest after the election, and decried what he called "brownshirts in the streets," although an official told ABC News the comment was in reference to the radical members of the Oath Keepers and so-called "boogaloo boys," not Trump supporters in general.

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Former President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he wouldn’t have used the military to illegally seize control of the government after his election loss. In a lengthy statement, Trump responded to revelations in a new book detailing fears from Gen. Mark Milley that the outgoing president would stage a coup during his final weeks in office. According to a new book about Donald Trump ’s final year as president, the nation’s top military leader was worried about what Trump might do to remain in power after the 2020 election. NBC News’ Courtney Kube explains the conversations detailed in the book.

In striking terms, Trump said he would use his entire presidential prerogative -- including threatening to invoke a rarely used law dating back to 1807 -- to ensure violent protests end, declaring he would deploy "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law Trump said justice would be served for George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he was being arrested. He said he , along with many other Americans, was "rightly sickened and revolted" by video showing the incident. Ahead of his appearance on Monday evening, a

An early sign of unease between Trump and Milley came last July amid Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, D.C., when Milley apologized for taking part in Trump's controversial walk from the White House to St. John's Church, though he peeled off before the president's notorious photo opportunity.

"I should not have been there," Milley said in a prerecorded video commencement address to National Defense University. "My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics."

Donald Trump et al. posing for the camera: President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit St. John's Church, along with Attorney General William Barr, left, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, center, and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, June 1, 2020. © Patrick Semansky/AP President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit St. John's Church, along with Attorney General William Barr, left, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, center, and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, June 1, 2020. MORE: Milley apologizes for taking part in Trump church walk: 'I should not have been there'

In August 2020, Milley told Congress there is no role for the U.S. military in elections.

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Then in January 2021, after the Capitol riot, Milley and the seven other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed an internal memo to service members saying "the violent riot in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Capitol building, and our Constitutional process," warning them that any act to disrupt the constitutional process is against the law.

Milley said Wednesday that he and the other members of the Joint Chiefs always gave the "best military professional advice" to Trump and any other president they've served under.

"We always adhered to providing best professional military advice, bar none. It was candid, honest, in every single occasion. We do that all the time every time," he said.

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