The United States senior general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, told members of Congress that the military will not play any role in November's election and won't help to settle any disputes if the results are contested.
The elections are scheduled for November 03 where the present President Donald Trump will contest against Joe Biden.
The comments from Milley underscore the extraordinary political environment in America, where the president has declared without evidence that the expected surge in mail-in ballots will make the vote “inaccurate and fraudulent,” and has suggested he might not accept the election results if he loses. Milley's comments were released Friday.
“I believe deeply in the principle of an apolitical U.S. military," Milley said in written responses to several questions posed by two Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee.
“In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military. I foresee no role for the U.S armed forces in this process,” he added.
Milley's tone reflects the longstanding views of military leaders who insist that the nation's military stays out of politics and that troops are sworn to protect the country and uphold the Constitution.
The clarification was provided by Milley after Democratic Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey asked if military will be involved in the elections.
The rumour started when Trump's opponent, Joe Biden, in a local interview, laughed that the military might have to escort the President out of the White House if Trump refuses to leave the premises upon losing the elections.