Following the 2020 election, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley stated he had not received any “illegal” directives.
Martha Raddatz, the host of ABC’s “This Week,” said that rumors “abounded” that Milley was afraid that former President Trump would attempt to use the military to remain in power.
In an interview that ran this week, she asked the general, “Did you ever worry that you might get a bad order after Election Day?”
Milley replied, “I have never been given an illegal order.” When asked again if he was at least a little worried about it, the high-ranking military official said, “No, you know, I have argued for other ways to handle things many times. Never got a questionable order.”
There have been rumors for more than two years that Milley and other military leaders were afraid that Trump might try to take over the government.
At the time, Trump responded by saying, “If I were going to attempt a coup, General Mark Milley would be one of the very last individuals I would consider doing it with.” Also, he said, “I am not into coups!”
Trump is now running for re-election to the White House in 2024. If he wins, he could face President Biden once more in 2020. Trump is doing this while being charged with four crimes, two of which are said to be about trying to change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Along with pleading not guilty to the allegations against him, the former president repeatedly denied any kind of wrongdoing and asserted that prosecutors acting on political motivations are on a “witch hunt” against him.
Milley’s time as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will soon come to an end, and he plans to retire in the next few weeks. During an interview with ABC, he stated that he isn’t worried about another January 6.
Milley said, “No, I am not nervous about it,” and later added, “I am not nervous about quite a number of things. I’ve been in many fights. So I’m actually past that.”
When questioned about his degree of confidence, Milley said, “I have no doubt that the United States, our democracy, including the rule of law will triumph. I am completely sure of that. And those institutions are made to be strong, flexible, and able to change with the times, so I’m sure we’ll be fine.”