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Worries That Trump Would Try to Use the Military to Overturn President-elect Joe Biden's Win


Politico - All eight of the nation's top military officers sent an extraordinary message to the entire force on Tuesday warning troops to follow the law, as Washington reels from last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol and prepares for next week's inauguration.


"As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation," the four-star officers who make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a memo to the force. "Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oath; it is against the law."



The memo marked a rare combined statement from the nation's top brass. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in particular has been careful in recent months to keep the military out of politics, after facing pushback for walking with President Donald Trump across Lafayette Square this summer moments after law enforcement forcefully cleared the area of peaceful protesters. Amid concerns that Trump would try to use the military to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in recent weeks, Milley has reiterated that the troops would have no role in determining the outcome of the election.

In the memo, the Joint Chiefs affirmed Biden's win, noting that on Jan. 20 he will be inaugurated and become the commander...READ MORE



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