Gen. Mark Milley admits he 'never received an illegal order' from Trump

 September 18, 2023

In something of a win for Donald Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley recently admitted that the former president never gave him an illegal order. 

According to The Hill, Milly made that admission to host Martha Raddatz during a Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week."

Milley "never received an illegal order"

The Army general's comments came in response to a question by Raddatz regarding whether he was ever concerned that Trump would issue such an order following the 2020 presidential election.

"I argued the case at various times for alternative courses of action, never received an illegal order," Milley told the television host.

The Hill noted how in their book titled, "I Alone Can Fix It," Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker recalled concerns by top military officials that Trump may attempt a coup.

"They may try, but they’re not going to f‑‑‑‑‑‑ succeed," Leonnig and Rucker quoted Milley as telling his deputies as the election results were being contested.

"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," the general was said to have added.

Milley says he is "not even sure" what woke means

During the interview, Milley went on to express doubt that another January 6-style event would occur, saying, "I am confident that the United States, the democracy of this country will prevail and the rule of law will prevail.

"I’m absolutely confident of that. And these institutions are built to be strong and resilient, and to adapt to the times and I’m 100 percent confident we’ll be fine," he stressed.

In addition to talking about Trump, Milley also dismissed concerns that the military has become woke, telling Raddatz he is "not even sure what that word truly means."

"This military is a lot of things, but woke, it’s not. So I take exception to that. I think that people say those things for reasons that are their own reasons, but it’s not true. It’s not accurate," he declared.

General insists miliary "is better now than they’ve been in years"

"What I see is a military that’s exceptionally strong. It’s powerful; it’s ready. In fact, our readiness rates, the way we measure readiness, is better now than they’ve been in years," Milley stressed.

"This is a military that’s dedicated to maintaining our readiness, our capabilities, our lethality," the chairman continued.

"And the thing that we also need to focus on is the modernization for the future character of war that I see fundamentally changing," he said.

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