'Growing anxiety' at the Pentagon as officials brace for Trump's next unpredictable move: report
As the United States moves closer toward Inauguration Day, White House and Pentagon officials are reportedly bracing for President Donald Trump's next unpredictable move.
With less than 30 days until President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration, officials admit they are concerned about Trump's behavior and what he might do in the last days of his presidency. According to CNN, there are concerns looming about the possibility of Trump making an unexpected military call in the coming days.
"With just some 30 days to go before the US military watches its current commander in chief leave office, there is growing anxiety in the ranks about what Trump might do in these remaining days. Will the President order some unexpected military action, such as a strike on Iran, or will he somehow draw the military into his efforts to overthrow the election results?
It's a troubling enough scenario that military leaders have taken the unusual step of publicly stating that they will not play a role in deciding an American election."
In addition to Pentagon officials, CNN has also spoken to "nearly a dozen currently serving officers either in senior roles or with direct knowledge of how senior commanders" who weighed on their concerns about the uncertainty over the coming weeks. However, none of the officials have wanted their names released presumably out of fear of retaliation.
"We don't know what he might do," one Pentagon official said. "We are in strange times," another said.
However, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released a statement last month addressing the military's role in upholding the U.S. Constitution.
"We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant, or a dictator," Milley said, adding, "We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe, or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution."
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