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    Gen. Milley Delivers Defense of Democracy, Swipes At Trump in Farewell Address

    Gen. Milley Delivers Defense of Democracy, Swipes At Trump in Farewell Address

    JOINT MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. — Gen. Mark Milley delivered a full-throated defense of democracy and not-so-subtle swipes at former President Donald Trump during a packed ceremony on Friday as he closed out his four, often tumultuous years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Under cloudy skies at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Milley never mentioned the former president by name. But he practically shouted on two different occasions that the U.S. swears to protect the Constitution “against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic.”

    “We don't take an oath to a king or a queen or to a tyrant or a dictator. And we don't take an oath to a wannabe dictator,” he said. “We don't take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we're willing to die to protect it.”

    Milley is retiring after more than four decades of military service, including multiple combat deployments and two often turbulent years as Joint Chiefs chairman under Trump. And it was those years, and the battles he fought against Trump, that formed much of the underpinning of his farewell address, and were sprinkled throughout other speeches in the ceremony.

    As chairman, Milley pushed back against a host of Trump's plans, including demands to pull all troops out of Iraq and Syria and his desire to put active-duty troops on 's streets to counter racial…

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