(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump pushed back hard on a CNN report quoting from a new book that claimed Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and other top military officers planned to react if he attempted to stage a “coup” following his November election loss.
“The top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Donald Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump, according to excerpts” from the book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, CNN reported.
The book “describes how Milley and the other Joint Chiefs discussed a plan to resign, one-by-one, rather than carry out orders from Trump that they considered to be illegal, dangerous or ill-advised,” CNN added.
“The book recounts how for the first time in modern US history the nation’s top military officer, whose role is to advise the president, was preparing for a showdown with the commander in chief because he feared a coup attempt after Trump lost the November election,” CNN continued.
The authors go on to say that moves Trump made following the Nov. 3 election, including replacing then-Secretary of Defense Mark Espy and the resignation of then-Attorney General William Barr, were signs the former president was planning something, according to Milley.
“Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup, and the Joint Chiefs chairman felt he had to be ‘on guard’ for what might come,” CNN continued.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,” Milley reportedly told subordinates, according to the book’s authors. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”
But following the publication of CNN’s story, the former president vehemently refuted any notion he was planning to use force to stay in office.
“Despite massive Voter Fraud and Irregularities during the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, that we are now seeing play out in very big and important States, I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government. So ridiculous!” he said before taking some personal shots at Milley, a U.S. Army four-star general.
“Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of “coup,” and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley,” Trump continued.
“I lost respect for Milley when we walked together to St. John’s Church (which was still smoldering from a Radical Left fire set the day before), side by side, a walk that has now been proven to be totally appropriate—and the following day Milley choked like a dog in front of the Fake News when they told him they thought he should not have been walking with the President, which turned out to be incorrect,” Trump continued.
“He apologized profusely, making it a big story, instead of saying I am proud to walk with and protect the President of the United States,” the statement continued.
“Had he said that, it would have all been over, no big deal, but I saw at that moment he had no courage or skill, certainly not the type of person I would be talking ‘coup’ with. I’m not into coups!” Trump added.