The Washington Post reported Thursday that Milley feared a “Reichstag moment” and compared Trump to Adolf Hitler as Trump refused to recognize the November presidential election results, according to the book Only I can fix it: the catastrophic last year of Donald J Trump, written by two of the newspaper’s reporters.
“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley reportedly told his aides, adding, “The Führer’s gospel,” according to the book, which said senior officials feared the outgoing president would try to stage a coup. State to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. .
Trump issued a dazzling statement on Thursday through his Save America Political Action Committee, lambasting Milley and denying any attempted coup.
“If I had to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley,” said the former US president. A spokesperson for Milley declined to comment.
The reports come a few days after excerpts from a separate book, Frankly We Won This Election: The Inside Story Of Trump’s Loss, by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, detailed a shouting match between Milley and Trump over the president’s postponement of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.
Milley walked with Trump on Lafayette Square in June of last year after police forcibly emptied the area in front of the White House of protesters. The general, who wore fatigues as he accompanied the president to Trump’s photoshoot with a Bible outside St John’s Episcopal Church opposite the park, later apologized, saying his participation had been a ” mistake “.
The former president said he “lost respect” for the top US military officer after the walk to church, saying Milley “was choking like a dog on the fake news when they told him that they thought he shouldn’t have walked with the president ”.
“I saw at that point that he had neither courage nor skill, certainly not the type of person I would talk about ‘hit’ with,” Trump added. “I’m not in the blows! “
Trump has sought to reassert himself in the national political arena after being banned from all major social media platforms in the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, when crowds of his supporters halted the certification of the Biden’s victory in a violent clash that left five people dead.
The former president was impeached by the House of Representatives for his role in the attack, then acquitted following a Senate trial in which only seven Republican senators joined Democrats in voting for the conviction .
Trump, who held a “comeback” rally in Ohio last month and hosted a conservative conference in Texas last weekend, has not ruled out running for president in 2024.
Additional reporting by James Politi in Washington
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