U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, feared that former White House leader Donald Trump after losing the election in November 2020 and his allies would try to stage a coup d’etat. This is according to The Washington Post’s “I Alone Can Fix It,” a book by The Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker on the final year of Trump’s presidency.
In excerpts from the book, published by CNN America, Millie was so appalled that the 45th president of the United States and his allies might attempt a coup or “other dangerous and illegal measures” after the presidential election that he and other top officials informally planned various ways to stop him.
“They [Trump and his allies] may try, but they won’t succeed. You can’t do it without the military, the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns,” the general told his aides, the book’s authors note.
It is also pointed out that Millie was warned about the attempt to overthrow the government by an “old friend. In addition, as the journalists write, the general viewed Trump as a “classic authoritarian leader” who has nothing to lose.
Earlier, on July 10, the U.S. Department of Justice called the statements of former President Donald Trump about his reinstatement as head of state dangerous. It was noted that he and some of his Republican supporters have put forward a “ridiculous” theory that he could be reinstated as president next month. However, it was said that there were no legal or constitutional mechanisms for this, and Trump’s claims of a rigged 2020 election were completely refuted.