In an exclusive interview with ABC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, provided insights into his tenure during the Trump administration.
Despite the widely circulated narrative that President Donald Trump was a "dangerous dictator," Milley confirmed that Trump never issued any illegal orders during his presidency.
While Gen. Milley had been critical of President Trump on multiple occasions during his time as the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, some reports even suggested that he had engaged in behind-the-scenes discussions with China. Despite his public disagreements with Trump, Milley acknowledged the absence of “illegal orders” issued by the former President.
During a recent interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, the conversation turned to the events of January 6, 2021, when the Capitol was breached. Raddatz questioned Gen. Milley on whether he was concerned about a repeat of such an incident.
Milley expressed confidence in the strength of American democracy, stating, “I’m not nervous about it. I don’t get nervous about a lot of things. I’ve seen a lot of combat. So I’m beyond that actually.”
Although Gen. Milley’s comments about his combat experience may appear unusual, it’s worth noting his extensive record of service in various command positions.
He assured Raddatz that the United States and its democratic institutions were resilient and adaptable, expressing certainty that they would prevail.
In response to Raddatz’s persistent inquiries about potential illegal orders from President Trump following the 2020 election, Gen. Milley remained steadfast, stating, “No, you know, I argued the case at various times for alternative courses of action. Never received an illegal order.”
Gen. Milley’s interview underscores the importance of upholding the rule of law and respecting the Constitution. While political discourse often includes passionate debates, it is crucial to base discussions on factual information and maintain a commitment to the principles that underpin the United States’ democratic system.