Mark A. Milley and Donald Trump BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP through Getty Images
Former President Donald Trump and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley reportedly discovered themselves in a heated shouting match within the Situation Room final yr.
The account comes through reporter Michael Bender’s new book Frankly, We Did Win This Election, as revealed Monday by Axios. According to Axios, the book describes how Milley “repeatedly blew up” at Trump over how racial justice protests must be dealt with in the summertime of 2020, with Trump trying to invoke the Insurrection Act.
A passage from the book describes how throughout a gathering within the Situation Room, Trump reportedly “exaggerated claims about the violence and alarmed officials,” saying he “put Milley ‘in charge.'” But Milley reportedly “confronted Trump about his role,” telling him he “was an adviser, and not in command,” at which level Trump “had enough.”
“I said you’re in f—ing charge!” Trump reportedly shouted at Milley, prompting Milley to yell again, “Well, I’m not in charge!” Trump reportedly then advised him, “You can’t f—ing talk to me like that!” Milley reportedly mentioned to others, “Goddamnit. There’s a room full of lawyers here. Will someone inform him of my legal responsibilities?”
Attorney General William Barr reportedly backed up Milley, telling Trump, “He’s right, Mr. President. The general is right.” Trump denied the account to Axios, calling it “totally fake news” and promising that “if Gen. Milley had yelled at me, I would have fired him.”