Former President Donald Trump accused the outgoing head of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley of treason, claiming, that the top military leader’s conduct was worthy of execution.
“Mark Milley, who led perhaps the most embarrassing moment in American history with his grossly incompetent implementation of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, costing many lives, leaving behind hundreds of American citizens, and handing over BILLIONS of dollars of the finest military equipment ever made, will be leaving the military next week,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Friday.
“This will be a time for all citizens of the USA to celebrate!” he continued. “This guy turned out to be a Woke train wreck who, if the Fake News reporting is correct, was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!”
The former president’s comments could potentially be in violation of his release conditions ahead of his trials related to special counsel Jack Smith’s investigations against him in the Mar-a-Lago documents and 2020 election conspiracy cases. He had been warned by the judge to avoid publicly attacking court officers and potential witnesses either in person or on social media. However, it is not clear if Milley is a witness in either of these cases. If he is, Trump could face serious penalties.
“My bet: Donald Trump is threatening General Milley because General Milley is on the government’s witness list for the trial in the Mar-a-Lago documents case,” former New York Attorney General’s Office official Tristan Snell wrote on X on Saturday.
Trump’s post on Truth Social came after the military official was featured in an in-depth profile in The Atlantic. The general described Trump’s alleged lack of respect for the armed forces as “disturbing.” He also opened up about how Trump reportedly expressed disgust at Luis Avila, an Army veteran who served five combat tours at a 2019 event. He had lost his leg in an IED attack and was chosen to sing “God Bless America.”
“Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded,” Trump allegedly said.