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The declaration is the latest in an escalating feud between the Pentagon and Conservatives. It was revealed on Monday that Milley yelled at Trump last summer on how to deal with protests against racial justice that have flared up across the country. Axios reported that the episode will be recorded in an upcoming book by Michael Bender of the Wall Street Journal.
A spokesman for Milley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is the second time Trump attacked Milley last week after calling the general’s recent comments on critical racial theory “sad” and “pathetic” on Friday.
Milley enraged conservatives during a violent exchange with lawmakers last week when he defended the military’s study of all theories during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. He resisted GOP lawmakers who recently criticized the Pentagon’s efforts to combat racism and extremism in the ranks for having “woken up” the armed forces.
“Personally, I find it insulting that we accuse the US military of …” waking up “or something else because we are studying some theories that are out there,” Milley said.
“I read Mao Tse-tung. I read Karl Marx. I read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Milley continued. “So what’s wrong with having some situational understanding of the country we’re here to defend?”
Trump said on Wednesday that Milley had made the comments to “further ingratiate himself” with the Biden administration, the “progressive media and the radical left.” He called on Congress to withdraw such training programs, calling them “racist indoctrination” and “Marxist, racist anti-American propaganda” which “has no place in our military”.
The former president also accused Milley of falsifying the story of a confrontation in the Situation Room last summer, calling the incident “totally fake news” and adding that “if he had shown such disrespect to his Commander-in-Chief, I would have fired” . him immediately. “
Bender’s upcoming book will feature an episode in which Milley confronted Trump last summer over the president’s efforts to commission the general with a military campaign to quell protests against racial justice, arguing that he is an adviser, not a commander, by law of the troops, reports Axios. The New York Times reported the episode first, but Bender’s book will reportedly include new details.
“I said you are in charge!” Trump reportedly yelled during the episode, to which Milley yelled back, “Well, I’m not responsible!”
“You can’t talk to me like that!” said the President in an excerpt. The incident was reportedly resolved when then Attorney General William Barr Trump told Trump that Milley’s legal reasoning was correct.
Trump also indicted Milley on Wednesday for his handling of the protests and the aftermath of walking alongside the president across Lafayette Square to attend a photo op after federal agents forcibly cleared the area of protesters.
The general “practically begged” [Trump]”not to use troops on active duty to quell the riots and issued an” embarrassing and scruffy apology “for the incident in Lafayette Square, which drew criticism for the inadequate politicization of the military. Milley apologized for the incident and said, “I shouldn’t have done it” there. ”
“Instead of denouncing the rioters, he denounced himself – a humiliation for our military,” said Trump on Wednesday. “A year later, even the fake news had to admit that their story in Lafayette Square was a huge lie. Milley looked like a fool once again.”