High-ranking American generals were afraid that Donald Trump would try to make a coup after the presidential election lost in November 2020, CNN reports, and citing excerpts from a book by journalists of the Washington Post newspaper that was being prepared for publication.

The book “I alone can fix it” by journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker is dedicated to the last year of Trump’s tenure as US president.

Excerpts from the book say that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Mark Milley, “was so shocked that Trump and his allies might try to carry out a coup or other dangerous and illegal measures after the election that, together with other top officials, he informally planned various ways to stop the president.”

“They (Trump and his associates) can try, but they will not succeed. You can’t do this without the military, the CIA and the FBI. We are guys with weapons,” Milley, whose words are quoted by the channel, told his assistants.

According to the TV channel, Leonnig and Rucker write that Milley considered Trump as a “classic authoritarian leader who has nothing to lose,” and saw parallels between the rhetoric of Adolf Hitler and the statements of the then US president about election fraud.

“This is the moment (of the arson) of the Reichstag,” Milley said.