The tension between United States (US) Chief of Staff Mark Milley and former President Donald Trump continues. Milley reacted to Trump by saying that American soldiers did not swear allegiance to the "wannabe dictator".
Milley spoke at an official ceremony at a military base in Arlington on the occasion of the end of his term of office on October 1, and the inauguration of the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Charles Q. Brown Jr. will take office, Milley spoke at an official ceremony held at a military base in Arlington. Milley's statement that American soldiers do not pledge allegiance to a "wannabe dictator" was interpreted in the American press as "a reference to former US President Donald Trump".
"We do not swear allegiance to a country, a tribe, a religion. We are not pledging allegiance to a king or a queen or a tyrant or a dictator. We are not swearing allegiance to a wannabe dictator," Milley said, emphasizing that they were swearing allegiance to the constitution.
On September 27, Trump criticized Milley's meeting with his Chinese counterpart without his knowledge in the last month of his presidency on the social media platform. Milley also said that he would "take the necessary measures" to ensure the safety of himself and his family after Trump's posts.
In his speech, US President Joe Biden praised Milley's military career and patriotism, noting that Milley served in many war zones from Panama to Haiti, Afghanistan to Iraq.