Top U.S. General Calls Trump A What?

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( – On Friday, Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired and delivered an impassioned speech in which he slammed former president Donald Trump and argued that the country’s military would not swear an oath to a “wannabe dictator.”

Last week, Trump claimed that Milley had committed “treason” by reassuring his Chinese counterparts during the end of the Biden administration. He even suggested that Milley should face the death penalty.

At a ceremony in Virginia, Milley argued that the U.S. military was unique as they did not “take an oath to a country,” “tribe,” “religion,” “king,” “queen,” “tyrant, or dictator.” These statements were made during the ceremony held in Virginia. As Milley argued in the U.S., the military takes an “oath to the Constitution” and to the American idea, which they are willing to die for.

In 2018, Trump appointed Milley; however, during his time in service, Milley and Trump frequently clashed. The most memorable such incident was in June 2020, following the racial injustice protests that had erupted across the country following the murder of George Floyd. In the incident at St. John’s Church, Milley was wearing combat fatigues while walking with Trump across Lafayette Square, where the President was looking for a photo opportunity.

Milley, a four-star general, later apologized for the incident, which he claimed gave the appearance that the U.S. military was “involved in domestic policy.” He added that he should not have attended. Trump had been angered by this apology.

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