In December 2018, then-President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would name General Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley was not a unanimous pick, and then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis objected to his selection. But Trump wanted the square-jawed, barrel-chested general, whom he saw directly from the central casting as his top military officer.
Nearly three years later, Milley has turned from Trump’s hand-picked general – who sparred into one of Trump’s harshest critics – for his infamous photo-op at St. John’s Church during the George Floyd protests with the president. One of the books. Released this summer in the final months of the Trump presidency.
According to the forthcoming book by Washington Post journalists Carol Leonig and Philip Rucker, “I Alone Can Fix It,” Milley was deeply concerned about Trump and his allies could attempt a coup after the November 2020 election, and he criticized Trump’s decision. Compare the lies about electoral fraud. Rhetoric used by Adolf Hitler after he came to power in Germany.
According to the book, Milley told his colleagues, “It’s a Reichstag moment.” “Gospel of the Fuhrer.”
The shocking comments in the new book were only the latest instance where Milley, who remains chairman of the joint chiefs in the Biden administration, found himself in the midst of both major political tussles during the Trump era and the fallout from Jan. rebellion
It’s an odd role for the country’s top military official, but one that Milley is thanked in large part to Trump. While Milley has tried to distance himself from politics, it was often impossible to do so while working for the former president, even after he left office.