Reprinted with permission from Alternet
Watch Gen. Mark Milley, the country’s top military official, apologize for his role in President Trump’s walk acros… https://t.co/BUU1xtaoM6— The New York Times (@The New York Times) 1591892046.0
U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley was among those who accompanied President Donald Trump when, on June 1, he took his now-infamous walk from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. in order to have a photo-op — and now, the Associated Press is reporting, Milley is saying that he was wrong to accompany Trump that day.
BREAKING: Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, says he was wrong to have accompanied President… https://t.co/GoAB9OJr7C— The Associated Press (@The Associated Press) 1591883231.0
During a speech for a National Defense University commencement ceremony, Milley (who serves as chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff) asserted, "I should not have been there."
Milley went on to say, "My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from — and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it."
The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman also asserted that the U.S. "must hold dear the principle of an apolitical military that is so deeply rooted in the very essence of our republic. It takes time and work and effort, but it may be the most important thing each and every of us does every single day."