Joint Chiefs of Staff Secretary of State Mark A. Milley answers a question during a Pentagon virtual city hall on May 28, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary letter on Tuesday, the nation’s top military leaders condemned last week’s actions of “upliftment and insurrection”
The announcement did not name President Donald Trump by name, but the joint chiefs of staff, led by U.S. Army General Mark Milley, made it clear that the military intends to stand by the constitutional transfer of power to the next administration.
“As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civilian authorities to protect life and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution for the United States. against all enemies, foreign and domestic, “wrote the country’s top military officers.
“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 leaders wrote.
The message comes a week after thousands of the president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol, resulting in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.
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