Experts warn of 'national emergency' after bombshell report reveals top general feared Trump would stage military coup

Experts warn of 'national emergency' after bombshell report reveals top general feared Trump would stage military coup
President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley, attends a briefing with senior military leaders Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Donald Trump, General Mark Milley, was so concerned the outgoing president would try to stage a military coup he warned the heads of the U.S. Military branches, did daily "check-in" calls with the White House Chief of Staff, and likened the Commander in Chief's efforts to retain power to Adolf Hitler.

Bombshell reporting from The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker in their new book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year." reveals the extent to which Trump was desperate to stay in office.

"Milley was so shaken by Trump's behavior, that what he did was he got together with the other Chiefs, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines. They planned – they really believed there could be a coup attempt by Trump," CNN's Jamie Gangel told Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, citing The Post's reporting.

"Leonnig and Rucker write Milley viewed Trump as, 'the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose.' And then, Milley is quoted as saying, 'this is a Reichstag moment,'" Gangel adds.

Former McCain presidential campaign strategist, now Lincoln project co-founder Steve Schmidt says Leonning and Rucker "are among the very best journalists in the country. No one should doubt the veracity of their shocking reporting."

"Was Milley suggesting that he had plans in place to subvert a launch order from Trump?" Schmidt asks.

"It is urgent that the American people find out the truth around this matter. In fact, it is beyond urgent. It is a national emergency," Schmidt warns. "The man we are talking about, Trump, isn't just the front runner for the '24 nomination he is already the presumptive nominee."

Georgetown professor, Brookings senior fellow, MIT research affiliate Caitlin Talmadge says, "We should be relieved Milley took the steps he did and also profoundly alarmed that they were necessary. It's a symptom of other major institutional failures and a terrible omen for the future."

She points to this from Former Pentagon and White House staffer Jim Golby, who is responding to a tweet from HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte:

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