According to CNN, there is growing anxiety at the Pentagon over what President Donald Trump will do as his time in office draws to a close, with some military officers trying to avoid the White House.
CNN’s Barabara Starr said on Tuesday that she spoke with about a dozen officers, some in the Pentagon and some in other areas.
“They all are expressing the same concern” Starr said. “The conversation is the same and it goes something like this: ‘We don’t know what he might do.’”
She continued: “This is their commander-in-chief and they are concerned. The concern is very clear — that the president might decide to use troops, the military, somehow, in his effort to overturn the election.”
Why are military officers so concerned? Starr noted that former national security adviser and former three-star Army general Michael Flynn, who has publicly encouraged Trump to institute martial law, has now spoken with the president.
“This is something that is getting quite noticed around military circles,” she said. Starr also mentioned a tweet from retired Gen. Tony Thomas, who she noted knows Flynn well.
Thomas tweeted last week, “Mike, stop. Just stop. You are a former soldier. You know that leveraging the military to ‘rerun elections’ is a totally inappropriate role for the profession. You are also undercutting the extraordinary trust and confidence America has in their military. Stop!”
Starr said the most senior U.S. military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has not yet spoken directly about this, but she said that “just a few weeks ago, he very pointedly talked about what the U.S. does and does not do.”
Milley said, “We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution.”
Starr reported that as these concerns mount, Gen. James C. McConville, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and Trump appointee Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, said publicly just days ago that the military has no role in election outcomes.
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