As a new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman was sworn in on Friday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had high praise for outgoing Gen. Mark Milley, saying he
Milley delivered his farewell address as President Biden paid tribute to him and swore in his successor, Gen. Charles Q. Brown. The ceremony took place at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va.
Biden called Milley a trusted confidant and revered military leader, and commended his service to the nation. He added that Milley was a patriot who is uncompromising in his duty, unflinching in the face of danger and unwavering in his service to the country.
“Gen. Milley is a scholar and a warrior,” Austin added. “We respect him for his wit, but we love him for his heart. And he’s thrown his whole heart into leading this tremendous joint force of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, guardians.
Milley, like Austin, “threw his whole heart” into combating what he believed constitutes America’s two greatest existential threats: climate change and white supremacy.
Late Friday after Milley’s comments, Trump blasted Milley on his Truth Social platform. “Slow moving and thinking Mark Milley should never have made those calls to China’s Military Leadership,” Trump posted. “Does this moron, together with WOKE FOOL Mark Yesper (Esper!), who said “yes” to everything, have any idea how dangerous a situation he put our Country in? Look at his words — STUPID & VERY DANGEROUS!”