Former President Trump said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley should be court-martialed if reports are true that Milley thought Trump would orchestrate a coup.
The claims comes from the book “I Alone Can Fix It,” by Wapo reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker who wrote that Milley believed Trump would try to stay in power through a coup in the last days of his presidency.
Trump said in a statement on Friday “The writings within these third-rate books are Fake News, and ‘General’ Milley (who [former Defense Secretary James] Mattis wanted to send to Europe in order to get rid of him), if he said what was reported, perhaps should be impeached, or court-martialed and tried.”
“So, there was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened, and it’s just a waste of words by fake writers and a General who didn’t have a clue,” Trump added.
According to the book Milley told his deputies. “They may try, but they’re not going to f—ing succeed,” referencing a potential Trump attempt form a coup.
“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,” he added.