Gen. Mark Milley stepping down

By Victor Winston, updated on September 30, 2023

General Mark Milley, the top US military officer, stepped down with a pointed remark towards former President Donald Trump, hinting at his dictatorial tendencies.

In a recent development, General Mark Milley concluded his term as the top US military officer.

On his departure, he made a significant statement that seemed to be directed at his former boss, Donald Trump.

During his farewell ceremony, attended by notable figures such as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and President Joe Biden, Milley refrained from mentioning Trump directly. However, his words left little to the imagination.

Milley's veiled remarks

He emphasized that American soldiers never pledged allegiance to a "wannabe dictator." Such a statement, coming from someone of Milley's stature, is bound to stir discussions.

General Charles “CQ” Brown will succeed Milley as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Notably, Brown is only the second African American to assume this prestigious position.

Having served the nation in various capacities for four decades, Milley's experience is vast. His tenure saw him navigating through numerous challenges, both domestic and international, Breitbart reported.

Challenges during Milley's term

Appointed by Trump in 2019, Milley's role as the senior military advisor to the president was anything but smooth. His term witnessed the US's tumultuous exit from Afghanistan, operations in Syria, and support to Ukraine against Russian aggression.

Describing his time as chairman, Milley remarked to AFP about facing "one crisis right after another." His leadership years also saw the military embroiled in several political controversies.

While the Biden administration pushed for changes like renaming military bases named after Confederate leaders, Milley's most challenging time was undoubtedly during the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

Unprecedented political turmoil

Trump's refusal to accept his electoral defeat in 2020 created a political crisis. The situation escalated when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

During this period, Milley took the initiative to call his Chinese counterpart secretly. He aimed to assure Beijing of the US's stability and clarified that there were no intentions of attacking China. This revelation, as mentioned in the book "Peril" by Bob Woodward, drew Trump's ire.

Trump's subsequent comments on Milley were far from pleasant. He suggested that in earlier times, Milley would have faced dire consequences for his actions.

Security concerns and Milley's successor

Given the thinly veiled threats from Trump, Milley deemed it necessary to take measures for his safety. President Biden, on the other hand, criticized Trump's remarks and lamented the lack of response from Trump's Republican allies.

As Milley steps down, General Charles “CQ” Brown is set to take over. Brown, an experienced pilot with over 3,000 flight hours, has had a distinguished career in the Air Force.

After the tragic incident involving George Floyd in 2020, Brown shared a heartfelt video discussing his personal experiences with racial discrimination in the military.


  • General Mark Milley concluded his term with a pointed remark towards former President Donald Trump.
  • Milley's tenure as the top US military officer was filled with challenges and political controversies.
  • General Charles “CQ” Brown, succeeding Milley, is the second African American to hold this position.
  • Brown has spoken openly about facing racial discrimination within the military.

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About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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