Top military officials reportedly feared Trump was planning a coup and planned to resign if directed illegal orders.
Following former President Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and other top military officials allegedly worried a coup would ensue. Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker write of the alleged incident in their book, “I Alone Can Fix It.”
CNN published excerpts of the book earlier this week, writing, “Milley told his staff that he believed Trump was stoking unrest, possibly in hopes of an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military.” Milley believed Trump was a “classic authoritarian leader” and compared the Million MAGA March to the Nazi’s brownshirts.
In a statement following the release of the excerpt, Trump wrote, “I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government. Sorry to inform you, but an 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 General Mark Milley.”
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