On June 11, 2020, during his address to the graduates of the National Defense University, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized for appearing in a photo with President Trump after a night of violent riots in Washington D.C. by far-left radicals. From his pre-recorded speech to the National Defense University graduates: “I should not have been there. My presence…created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
General Milley appeared in photos standing by President Trump, as he walked across the street from the White House to the historic St. John’s Church that was torched the night before by dangerous far-left rioters.
Milley was nominated to the position of Army chief of staff by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2015. According to Defense One – Milley’s rise to top Army officer came quickly. Previously, he was the commander of U.S. Forces Command, a post he only held