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Joint Chiefs Chairman says he and other chiefs never violated their oaths to the U.S. Constitution

The questions came following a new book's contention that General Mark Milley and fellow chiefs feared President Trump would attempt a coup after losing re-election.

WASHINGTON — The new book, "I Alone Can Fix It" alleges that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff feared that former President Donald J. Trump would attempt a coup to remain in office.

The book contends General Mark Milley and the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were prepared to resign rather than carry out illegal orders.

On Wednesday, Milley faced questions about that claim.

He appeared alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at a Pentagon news conference to discuss the Afghanistan withdrawal. Reporters, however, asked Milley about the book.

He refused to comment about the specific allegations, but he also did not deny them.

"I [and] the other members of the Joint Chiefs -- all of us in uniform -- we take an oath: an oath to a document, an oath to the Constitution of the United States," he said. "And, not one time did we violate that."

Milley also said: "I always personally gave the best professional military advice to President Trump previously, to President Biden, or any other president. I always provide that best military advice to the Secretary of Defense and I do that for the National Security Council as well."

Defense Secretary Austin also weighed in, saying Milley "doesn't have a political bone in his body."

Austin added he clearly has "tremendous faith and confidence in the Chairman."

Trump lost the 2020 election by 7 million popular votes but has since maintained that there was a “massive number of voter irregularities and fraud," allegations which have been repeatedly debunked.