Donald Trump shredded General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a speech at his Mar-a-lago resort in Florida.
The event was hosted by hosted by Turning Point Action, a C4 affiliate of Turning Point USA.
At the event, the 45th President of the United States was talking about Milley and the withdrawal from Afghanistan when he called him a “f**king idiot.”
He said that Milley informed him that it would be “cheaper” to leave military equipment in Afghanistan rather than moving it to neighboring ally Pakistan or bringing it back home.
“Couldn’t they have flown in a couple of hundred pilots and flown the planes out?” he said.
“I’ll never forget Milley saying to me, ‘Sir, sir. It’s cheaper to leave the equipment than to bring it,’” he said of Milley’s advice, before talking about the cost of some of the equipment that was left behind.
“I said ‘really?’
“You’ve got a $50m dollar airplane. You’ve got a $29m gorgeous helicopter. We had every type of helicopter. Many of them brand new. Literally out of the box.
“You think it’s cheaper to leave it there so they can have it, than it is to fill it up with a half tank of gas and fly it into Pakistan or fly it back to our country?
“You hear the ‘Yes sir. We think it’s cheaper Sir,’” he said.
“That’s when I realized he was a f**king idiot,” he said to thunderous laughter. (Click Here)
But this is far from the first time Trump has laced into Milley. In July, he called for the general to be court martialed after reports from a book said that Milley believed Trump wanted to stage a coup to stay in power.
Two Washington Post journalists, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, in their book, “I Alone Can Fix It,” alleged that Milley believed Trump would attempt to remain in power after the election via a coup.
Trump sent a message to his supporters via his Save America Pac in which he called for Milley to be court martialed.
“Despite the fact that the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen, and while numerous people, including the outside public, were saying we should bring in the Military, I never even gave it a thought. The writings within these third-rate books are Fake News, and ‘General’ Milley (who [former Defense Secretary James] Mattis wanted to send to Europe in order to get rid of him), if he said what was reported, perhaps should be impeached, or court-martialed and tried,” he said in the email.
“So, there was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened, and it’s just a waste of words by fake writers and a General who didn’t have a clue,” he said.
Of course, generals, like any member of the military, cannot be impeached. Impeachment is limited to those who are president, vice president and civil officers.
And while a general can be court martialed it is exceedingly rare. The book alleges that Gen. Milley was preparing for a showdown with the president, CNN reported.
The book recounts how for the first time in modern US history the nation’s top military officer, whose role is to advise the president, was preparing for a showdown with the commander in chief because he feared a coup attempt after Trump lost the November election.
The authors explain Milley’s growing concerns that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, were the sign of something sinister to come.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,” he allegedly said to his deputies, the authors said. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”
“Milley told his staff that he believed Trump was stoking unrest, possibly in hopes of an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military,” the authors said.
The general viewed Trump as “the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose,” the authors said.
“This is a Reichstag moment,” he told his aides, according to the authors. “The gospel of the Führer.”