Light △ Bender
- Dec 1, 2011
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- FL - Daytona
- Political Leaning
At Pentagon, fears grow that Trump will pull military into election unrest
The president's raised deep anxiety among military and Defense Department leaders, who insist they will do all they can to keep armed forces out of the elections. Officials say top generals could resign if he orders the military into the...
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave officials no solace Wednesday and Thursday when he again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power no matter who wins the election, and Thursday, he doubled down by saying he was not sure the election could be “honest.”
“I believe deeply in the principle of an apolitical U.S. military,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in written answers to questions from House lawmakers released last month. “In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law, U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military. I foresee no role for the U.S. armed forces in this process.”
But that has not stopped an intensifying debate in the military about its role should a disputed election lead to civil unrest.