Defense overnight: Milley feared Trump coup, the book says | Gillibrand Awaits Fall Vote on Comprehensive Military Justice Bill | Biden says sending troops to Haiti “not on the agenda”


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THE TOPLINE: Another excerpt from a new book about former ones President TrumpDonald Trump Top Generals Feared Trump would attempt a coup d’état after the election and had an informal plan to stop it: Maricopa County Book of Arizona Approves M For New Vote Counting Machines On The Money: Democrats Reach Agreement on the 0.5- Tons target | Biden gathers Democrats: “We will do it” MOREThe last few days in office are over with new revelations of decisions made by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyTop generals feared Trump would attempt a coup d’état after the election and had an informal plan to stop it: Book On Night Defense: US To Evacuate Afghan Allies In End Of July | Biden meets with the last US commander in chief in Afghanistan | Arms Buyer Candidate Withdraws During IG Investigation Biden meets with general who has resigned as commander in Afghanistan MORE would do if asked to carry out an illegal order.

In excerpts published Wednesday night from the upcoming book “I Alone Can Fix It” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Milley is described as so shaken that Trump could attempt a coup or some other illegal act He and other members of the Joint Chiefs were informally discussing plans to stop Trump.

Discussions reportedly included plans to step down, rather than carrying out an illegal order from Trump.

Milley also reportedly spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup and felt he needed to “be on guard” as to what might happen.

“You can try, but you will not succeed,” Milley told his deputies, according to the book. “You can’t do that without the military. You can’t do that without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with guns.”

Milley also reportedly compared Trump’s lies about electoral fraud to the 1933 attack on the German Bundestag, which Adolph Hilter used as an excuse to establish a dictatorship.

“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley said to helpers, according to the book. “The Gospel of the Leader.”

When preparing for President BidenJoe Biden Military Base, Alabama Orders Troops To Provide Evidence Of Vaccination Amid Soaring COVID-19 Cases Maricopa County, Arizona Approves M For New Vote Counting Machines On The Money: Democrats Reach Agreement On 0.5 Ton Target | Biden gathers Democrats: “We will do it” MOREIn fearing the January 6 insurrection’s inauguration, Milley also reportedly told a group of senior leaders, “Here’s the deal, guys: these guys are Nazis, they are boogaloo boys, they are Proud boys. These are the same people we fought against in World War II. We’re going to put a ring of steel around this town and the Nazis won’t come in. “

When he did it ?: In a long statement on Thursday, Trump attacked Milley, stating that the man he elected to be the country’s top general was the “last person” he would like to stage a coup with.

“I have never threatened or discussed a coup with our government. So ridiculous! “Said Trump.” Sorry to tell you, but a choice is my form of ‘coup’ and if I wanted to do a coup one of the last people I would want to do it with would be General Mark Milley. “

Later in the statement, Trump also said Milley was “certainly not the kind of person I would talk to about ‘coup’,” adding, “I’m not into coups!”


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) has been trying unsuccessfully for months to get a quick vote on her bill to revise military justice. But on Thursday she said the vote could take place in the fall.

In a conference call with reporters hosted by the Defense Writers Group, Gillibrand, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.), said he would give their bill a voice, but the Senate must do the work first to the “more pressing” quit “infrastructure and spending packages that are currently being discussed.

“He supports the measure, has voted for it in the past, and he has told me that he will give me a vote,” said Gillibrand of Schumer.

“The reason we haven’t had a vote is because we have two more pressing things to do and it takes a long time to do so without consent,” she continued.

“Because [Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman] Jack ReedJack Reed: Most Congressional Committees Get Bad Grades On Oversight: Analysis The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Goldman Sachs – Democrats Lean On Medium Term Strategy As Senate Goes Back To Work Armed Forces Senate Chairman: “I Think Kabul Will Hold” MORE [D-R.I.] opposed a consent agreement, just having two hours of equal-part debate and doing it in one day, if you literally used every time it would take two weeks. And at the moment we are trying to look into the COVID relief, infrastructure and plan of the Biden families. So we have a lot of work that is more urgent and we will probably vote on it in autumn.

Where’s Biden ?: Earlier this month, Biden released a statement endorsing a recommendation by an independent commission to remove the decision to prosecute sex crimes from the chain of command.

But Gillibrand’s bill goes further to remove most serious crimes from the chain of command. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden stated that he was also helping to remove other serious crimes from the chain of command.

On Thursday, Gillibrand said she recently spoke to Biden about her law and believes he supports it.

“I’m not going to say what he said because it would be inappropriate to pass this conversation on, but it was essentially a congratulatory call when I got 66 co-sponsors and it gave an indication that he would like to sign that. ” into the law, ”she said. “So I think the president supports 110 percent of what we do.”

Defense Act Plans: While she awaits a vote on her bill, the Senate Armed Forces Committee is due to discuss its annual defense policy bill next week. Gillibrand plans to propose her bill as a supplement during the committee’s award of the National Defense Authorization Act and believes she has the votes to include it. The majority of the committee members are co-sponsors.

But even if your amendment is accepted by the committee, it would still have to go through a long process that also includes negotiations with the House of Representatives, which is why Gillibrand also wants an independent vote.


Sending US troops to Haiti is currently not on the table, Biden said on Thursday as the island nation grapples with the assassination of its president.

“We only send American Marines to our embassy to make sure they are safe and nothing goes wrong. But the idea of ​​sending American troops to Haiti is currently not on the agenda, ”said Biden at a press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Haiti asked US troops to help the nation protect critical infrastructure following the assassination of Jovenel Moïse last week.

The White House has not definitively ruled out the possibility of sending American troops, but Biden’s comments are the clearest indication that no US military aid is imminent.

Suspects had a US education: Some of the former Colombian soldiers arrested in connection with the Moïse assassination have received US military training, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday.

“A review of our training databases reveals that a small number of the Colombian people arrested as part of this investigation had participated in previous US military education and training programs while serving as active members of the Colombian Armed Forces,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col Ken Hoffman said in a statement.

The statement did not explain how many of the men received training or what the training included. The department’s review of the matter is ongoing, Hoffman said.

US military training for South American armed forces is common. And Colombia in particular has been a close partner of the US military for decades and receives funds and other assistance to combat drug trafficking and guerrilla movements.

But former Colombian soldiers are also sought-after mercenaries, because the country’s almost 60 years of conflict and elite military training based on the model of the ranger school of the US Army offers fighters a fertile breeding ground for conflicts around the world, for example in Yemen.


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