Trump Blasts Mark Milley: I Realized I’d Hired ‘a Loser,’ ‘I’m Not a Fan’
'I found him to be very average or less than average'
President Donald Trump said he realized after he hired General Mark Milley that he had hired a “loser."
Trump was asked on Newsmax TV’s “Greg Kelly Reports” about Milley’s apology for the walk to the church, which was set ablaze by rioters outside the White House following the death of George Floyd.
“He was recommended by people that I didn’t think much of, and he was also recommended by a couple of people that I thought were just absolutely terrible," Trump said.
"I decided, you know, Mattis, I call them the world’s most overrated general."
"Mattis hated him, hated him.
"I figured based on the fact that I thought very little of Mattis," he added.
"We did a great job without Mattis," Trump said.
"Once I got rid of Mattis, we took over — we knocked out ISIS and everything else.
"I said, ‘if he hates Milley that much, maybe the guy will be all right.”
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“I found him to be very average or less than average. I will say this when he walked with the president of the United States to a church that had been burned down almost if they didn’t have the fireproofing, which was just put up."
"It was literally so amazing because that church was built at the same time as the White House."
"They went up together," Trump stated.
"When he went and took that walk, and then he apologized because the radical left started getting on him, I realized I had a loser.
"I paid very little respect to him.
"He wasn’t very good. So I am not a fan of his.”
Regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal, Trump said:
“I would not have made that decision again and look at what he’s done. He took the military out before he got the civilians out of before he got us, citizens, out.
"So that would show gross incompetence.”
Milley, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to the disastrous Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, saying there was "nothing" defense officials saw indicating Kabul would fall to the terrorist regime.
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"Intelligence clearly indicated multiple scenarios," Milley said.
"There's nothing that I or anyone saw indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days," Milley added.
"This comes down to an issue of will and leadership.
"And no, I did not, nor did anyone else, see a collapse of an army of that size in 11 days."