Donald Trump reportedly made a succession of extremely hostile remarks on social media about outgoing Joint Chiefs chairman Mark Milley, implying that the top military leader’s repeated failures were deserving of execution.
The former president’s remarks may violate the terms of his release in advance of his trials in the Mar-a-Lago documents and 2020 election conspiracy cases related to special counsel investigations.
He has been cautioned against verbally assaulting court personnel and potential witnesses on social media.
If Mr. Milley is a witness in either of these cases, Mr. Trump could be subject to severe courtroom penalties.
“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 his Truth Social platform.
“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!” he continued.
Mr. Trump’s remarks regarding China likely refer to a series of calls Mr. Milley made to his Chinese counterpart, assuring him that the United States had no plans to attack China in 2020 and early 2021, after intelligence officials overheard Chinese officials appearing to fear the possibility.