Washington – The joint chiefs of staff, the highest-ranking officers in each branch of the military, sent a remarkable note to all members of the armed forces on Tuesday, reminding them of their duty to uphold the constitution and confirming that President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th.
“The American people have trusted the US Armed Forces to protect them and our Constitution for almost 250 years. As we have done throughout our history, the US military will obey legitimate orders from civilian leadership, support civilian authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, “the generals and admirals said in their note.
The memo condemned the attacks on the Capitol on January 6, in which President Trump̵
“We witnessed acts inside the Capitol building that were incompatible with the rule of law. The rights to freedom of expression and assembly do not give any right to resort to violence, rebellion and revolt,” the chiefs said. “As service members, we must incorporate the nation’s values and ideals. We support and defend the Constitution. Any action to disrupt the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oaths; it is against the law.”
The joint chiefs of staff serve as the president’s main military advisers and typically remain apolitical. Although the memo does not make a political statement, it is noteworthy that the service chiefs felt they needed to confirm the military duty prior to the inauguration.
“On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, ratified by the States and Courts and certified by Congress, Elected President Biden will be inaugurated and become our 46th Commander-in-Chief,” the memo continued.
The announcement was signed by General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; General John Hyten, Vice-President; General James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army; General David Berger, Marine Corps Commander; Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations; General Charles Brown, jr., Chief of Staff for Air Force; General John Raymond, Head of Space Operations; and General Daniel Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau.
President Trump refused to concede the election until last week and had urged Republican members of Congress to try to overthrow the election. The uprising at the Capitol on January 6 took place while Congress was voting the ballot papers of the Electoral College confirming Mr.
There have been continuing threats of violence from supporters of the president in the days before the inauguration. At least 10,000 National Guard troops will be present in the nation’s capital to provide security for the event in the wake of the attack.