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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley feared former President Trump would try to use the military to stay in power after his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election failed, according to a Monday report.
While Milley played a relatively quiet role in the opening years of Trump's presidency, he came to a crossroads in 2018 when he accompanied Trump during his infamous march across Lafayette Square outside the White House, the New Yorker reported.
Protesters had been moved aside for Trump's display, and Milley would later apologize for attending, saying his presence gave the impression that the military was operating against Trump's opponents.
"As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society," Milley said at the time. "I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics."
"As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it," he added.
Milley reportedly drafted a resignation letter following the incident, but decided not to send it to Trump.
"F*** that s***, I’ll just fight him," He reportedly told his staff. "If they want to court-martial me, or put me in prison, have at it. But I will fight from the inside."... (Read more)