The country’s top military officer declined to comment on Wednesdayabout former president Trump in the last year of his presidency.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, was asked about comments attributed to him in the recently published book “I Alone Can Fix It”.
The book alleges that Milley compared Mr. Trump’s electoral fraud rhetoric to that of Hitler, saying, “This is a Reichstag moment. The Führer’s gospel.”
“I know there is a lot of interest in all of these books that quote me and a lot of others and so on – I’m not going to comment on what’s in any of these books, but let me just say this, I have always personally provided the best professional military advice to President Trump before President Biden or any other president, “Milley said Wednesday.
Milley said he and the Joint Chiefs are committed to the tradition of an apolitical army, but at no point during the press conference did he deny making the reported comments.
“He doesn’t have a political bone in his body,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said of Milley during their joint briefing with reporters on Wednesday.
“I Alone Can Fix It” also reports that Milley had a conversation with Mr. Trump after Milley publicly apologized for walking through Lafayette Square with Mr. Trump in June 2020.
“Mr. President, this has nothing to do with you. It had to do with me and the uniform and not with the politicization of the uniform. I do not apologize for you. me, ”Milley said.
Austin said on Wednesday that the ministry would do everything possible to make sure the troops understand that the military is not part of the political apparatus.
Republican lawmakers have criticized the Pentagon for allowing critical race theory into seminars and teachings.
“Critical race theory is not something this department teaches, professes, embraces,” Austin said, adding that even though teachers in military academies have included some reading in their lessons, that doesn’t mean the department embraces theory.
He said the Pentagon would not be distracted by conversations around critical race theory and would remain focused on developing a diverse force that represents the country it serves.