Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday he had “tremendous faith and confidence” in General Mark Milley following reports that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was seeking to prevent former President Donald Trump from carry out a coup d’état in the 2020 elections.
“I have known the president for a long time. We fought together. We have served in the same units several times, ”Austin told Pentagon reporters. “I can’t guess his character. He has no political bone in his body.
The Pentagon chief’s remarks come as Milley has come under increased criticism from some conservatives for revelations in forthcoming books about the end of Trump’s presidency – including reporting that Milley and others Military leaders informally planned how they would prevent the then president from using American troops. in a way that might help him retain power.