Top US general pressed on reports about Trump

In a press conference, Gen. Mark Milley was asked about reports in a recently published book that he feared former President Donald Trump would manufacture a military coup to stay in office.
1:31 | 07/22/21

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for the first time after the bombshell reporting that he was concerned at one point about a possible coup attempt by president trump to stay in power. What he said today when asked about that reporter and here's Martha Raddatz. Reporter: Today in his first appearance after he was worried about a coup attempt and disturbing rhetoric swirling around him referring to some hard core trump followers as Nazi brown shirts, general Milley would not talk specifics, but neither did he deny the reports. All of us in uniform, we take an oath, an oath to a document, an oath to the constitution of the United States. Reporter: Last year general Milley publicly apologized after walking across Lafayette square with president trump, after "Black lives matter" protesters were forcibly cleared from the area, saying it left the impression the military was involved in domestic politics. Today reiterating his concerns. And our oath is to the constitution, not to any individual at all. And the military did not and will not and should not ever get involved in domestic politics. We don't arbitrate elections. Reporter: And by his side today, defense secretary Lloyd Austin, who while in uniform served with Milley for decades. I'm not guessing at his character. He doesn't have a political bone in his body. Reporter: And, David, no surprise, Donald Trump said there was never a coup attempt. Martha Raddatz live in Washington. Martha, thank you.

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