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First public comment by America’s top general since published report of his concern of a coup attempt by Trump

In a book published earlier this month, America’s top military officer, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley was quoted as saying he had concerns that President Donald Trump, in the waning days of his presidency, might attempt to engineer a coup or take some other action to overturn the democratic election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.

Until now, Milley has remained closed-lipped about his comments in that book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leoning and Philip Rucker.

At a Pentagon news conference on Wednesday (July 21), Milley sidestepped direct comment on his remarks to the reporting by the Post reporters but asserted that he and his colleagues in the military have always endeavored to offer sound military advice to the president and that his allegiance remains, as ever, to the Constitution and to his obligations as a military officer.

“We also maintain the tradition of civilian control of the military,” Milley said, in response to a reporter’s question about the scenes described in the book. “We did that without fail. And, we also maintained the tradition of an apolitical military. We did that then. We do that now and we will do that forever.”

Punctuating that point, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made known his support of Milley.

“He doesn’t have a political bone in his body,” Austin said.

(Production: George Tamerlani)

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