Senior US general feared Trump attempting coup: pound | Donald Trump News
The final days of Donald Trump’s presidency were a roller coaster ride for the top US military officer as Trump and his allies tried to stay in power after losing the 2020 election, according to a forthcoming book.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described a feeling of “stomach bloating” watching President Trump relentlessly claim he won the 2020 election and Milley compared the actions of Trump to Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Nazi Germany.
“It’s a Reichstag moment,” Milley told his top aides, according to the book by two Washington Post reporters. “The Gospel of the Führer.
In 1933, the German Reichstag parliament building caught fire, giving Hitler a pretext to consolidate his dictatorship.
Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” is based on interviews with more than 140 people, including senior Trump administration officials, according to the Washington Post.
The authors recount a series of episodes involving General Milley, who grew increasingly concerned after Trump’s defeat in the November election, which Joe Biden won by 306-232 at US Electoral College.
Milley told people he feared an American version of “brown shirts on the streets” after attending a briefing on a planned “million MAGA march” by Trump. The Brown Shirts were political and paramilitary operatives who used violence and intimidation to support Hitler’s rise to power.
That same evening, according to a Washington Post article on the book, an old friend called Milley and warned him that people close to Trump were trying to “overthrow the government.”
“What am I dealing with? Milley replied.
The events of January 6 when Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol still rock American politics as Trump continues to have a large hold over Republican voters and the party. The United States House Democrats have formed a special committee to investigate the January 6 insurgency. This committee is due to hold its first public meeting next week.
Trump, who still claims the 2020 election was stolen, released a statement Thursday saying he had “lost respect for Milley” and “never threatened or told anyone about a coup.” .
“Never during my administration has Milley shown what he shows now,” the Trump statement said.
In the final days of the presidency, Trump sought to install loyalists to the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Defense.
Milley took the warning signs seriously and began to quietly plan with other Pentagon leaders how they would block any attempt by Trump to use the military to stay in power.
“They can try, but they’re not going to be successful,” Milley told his assistants, according to the book.
Members of Congress and some officials in the Trump administration were also concerned at the time that Trump would try to use the military to stay in power. Milley offered assurances.
“Everything will be fine,” Milley advised, according to the book.
“We are going to have a peaceful transfer of power. We will land this plane safely. This is America. It’s strong. Institutions are bending, but it’s not going to break.
Milley faced White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in December in an Army-Navy American football game in the presence of Trump.
“What’s going on here? What are you guys doing?” Milley asked Meadows.
A former Republican congressman who joined Trump’s White House in March 2020, Meadows was much more political than his White House predecessor John Kelly, who had been a former military officer.
“Don’t worry about it,” Meadows offered to Milley, according to the book.
“Just be careful,” warned Milley Meadows, who had been a staunch supporter of Trump when he was impeached by the House of Representatives.
Security breaches led to a breach of the Capitol
After the January 6 riot by Trump supporters at the United States Capitol – in which thousands stormed Congress and disrupted the Electoral College’s official count certifying Biden’s victory – troops from the National Guard were called in to secure the Capitol.
At a meeting of military and senior law enforcement officials to plan for security for Biden’s upcoming inauguration on January 20, Milley told the group, “We’re going to put a ring of steel around this town. and the Nazis don’t come in. “