Mark Alexander Millie (Mark Alexander Milley), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff and the top US military official, issued an unusual public letter on Tuesday condemning the "incitement and rebellion" that took place at the U.S. Capitol last week, while acknowledging the election victory of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The letter did not mention current President Trump by name, but the Joint Chiefs of staff led by Millie made it clear that the military intends to support the constitutional transfer of power to the next administration.
"as we have done in history, the US military will obey the legitimate orders of civilian leaders, support the authorities in protecting lives and property, ensuring public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies at home and abroad," Miley wrote. "
"as soldiers, we must embody the values and ideals of our country. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act that undermines the constitutional process violates our traditions, values and vows, which is illegal, "Millie wrote."
A week ago, thousands of supporters of President Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol, killing five people, including a congressional police officer.