Former President Trump said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miley should be court-martialed if it’s true that, as reported, Milley thought Trump would orchestrate a coup.
Trump’s latest angst comes against the backdrop of a book titled, “I Alone Can Fix It,” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Excerpt from the book charged that Milley believed Trump would try to stay in power through a coup in the last days of his presidency.
“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,” Trump said in a recent statement.
Trump further said, “So, 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.”
In the book’s excerpt, Milley was reportedly so concerned about the possibility of a Trump coup he even discussed it with his deputies.
“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.”
In a later report, Trump said, “if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”
He also said he had “lost total confidence” in him during his presidency.
“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.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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