Former President Donald Trump has responded to claims by top General Mark Milley that he feared the outgoing president was prepared to stage a coup. “So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of ‘coup,’” said Trump.
Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, was planning ways to stop former President Trump from staging a coup. But, according to CNN, Milley’s fears have been revealed in an upcoming book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, at The Washington Post, who obtained an excerpt.
The authors describe how Milley and the other Joint Chiefs considered resigning one by one if Trump had issued orders they preferred not to carry out, on the grounds they might be illegal, dangerous, or not something they considered the right thing.
“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,” wrote Rucker and Leonnig.
According to CNN, Milley informed his subordinates: “They may try, but they’re not going to [expletive] succeed.”
Another excerpt from the book quotes Milley,
“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.”
On Thursday, July 15, Trump issued a statement saying Milley’s comments were not correct.
“I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government,” Trump said in an emailed statement. “So ridiculous! 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.”
Trump then singled out former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
“He got his job only because the world’s most overrated general, James Mattis, could not stand him, had no respect for him, and would not recommend him,” the former president added. “To me the fact that Mattis didn’t like him, just like Obama didn’t like him and actually fired Milley, was a good thing, not a bad thing. I often act counter to people’s advice who I don’t respect.”
Trump referred to the event near the White House in 2020 when he was still president. Trump wrote when at the historic St. John’s Church in Washington D.C.’s Layafette Square, he revealed his thoughts on Milley after he ‘choked like a dog’ in front of mainstream media. “I saw at that moment he had no courage or skill, certainly not the type of person I would be talking ‘coup’ with. I’m not into coups!” Trump wrote.
“In any event, I lost respect for Milley when we walked together to St. John’s Church (which was still smoldering from a Radical Left fire set the day before), side by side, a walk that has now been proven to be totally appropriate—and the following day Milley choked like a dog in front of the Fake News when they told him they thought he should not have been walking with the President, which turned out to be incorrect,” said Trump.