(TheProudRepublic.com) – In what could be described as one of the most bizarre revelations of the 2024 presidential election cycle, a former Department of Homeland Security official known for his staunch opposition to former President Donald Trump, has come forward with a claim that seems more suited to a political thriller than reality.
Miles Taylor, a self-avowed Never Trumper, alleges that Trump harbored ambitions to establish his own private mercenary force, akin to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Wagner group.
This assertion, as reported by the media, was made during a British news segment, where Taylor claimed, “When I was in the administration, Donald Trump wanted to create his own mercenary force in the United States military.”
He further stated that he was instrumental in shutting down these discussions, advising that it was not a viable approach.
Taylor’s credibility as a source is complicated by his history of opposition to Trump.
He is the same individual who authored an anonymous anti-Trump piece in the New York Times in 2018 and subsequently published a book about his time in the Trump administration. These actions paint a picture of an individual deeply entrenched in the Never Trump movement, potentially casting doubt on the objectivity of his latest claims.
The timing of Taylor’s allegations is also noteworthy, coming at a moment when Trump’s political momentum is on the upswing, following a decisive victory in the Republican Iowa caucus, where he secured 51 percent of the vote. This victory placed him well ahead of other Republican contenders like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Adding to the intrigue, NBC News has reported that there are fears within the national security establishment about Trump potentially turning the U.S. military into a tool for his political aims. These concerns seem to align conveniently with the narrative put forth by Taylor, further fueling the fire of speculation and conspiracy theories surrounding the former president.
However, the audacity of Taylor’s claim – that a U.S. president sought to create a private army – is so extreme that it begs skepticism. Such a move would not only be unprecedented in modern American history but would also represent a drastic and alarming departure from the norms and traditions of U.S. governance and military conduct.