Former President Donald Trump went ballistic at General Mark Milley, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Excerpts from a new book by journalist Bob Woodward alleged that Gen. Mark Milley made improper contacts with his Chinese military counterpart. Trump said that because of his actions, authorities should arrest Milley for treason.
General Mark Milley Called Up Chinese Counterpart
As recounted in the forthcoming book “Peril” by Woodward and Robert Costa, Gen. Mark Milley made a pair of secret phone calls to his counterpart, Gen Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army.
He gave assurances that the United States will not strike China. In addition, he said he will give Gen. Li an advance warning if the US does prepare for an attack.
The calls happened between October 30, 2020, and January 8, 2021, during the last few weeks of the Trump presidency. The first one happened four days before the US elections.
Meanwhile, the latter occurred two days after the Capitol riots were carried out by Trump supporters. In one call, Milley said that “General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay.
We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you,” Milley allegedly said. “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
Donald Trump Goes Ballistic On Gen. Mark Milley
Trump, upon hearing the excerpt, issued a statement. He said that if the story of General Mark Milley Is true, “then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification of an attack,” he said.
Earlier in the statement, Trump also described General Mark Milley as “the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in US history”. Trump also said that Milly left behind “many dead and wounded soldiers, many American citizens, and $85 Billion worth of the newest and most sophisticated military equipment in the world”. Along with the losses, Milley also left behind “our country’s reputation.”
The Book Contains “Fake News”
Trump then proceeded to debunk the story, and also slammed the two authors. “Can’t do that! The good news is that the story is Fake News concocted by a weak and ineffective General together with two authors who I refused to give an interview because they write fiction, not fact.
Actions should be taken immediately against Milley, and better generals in our Military, of which we have many, should get involved so that another Afghanistan disaster never happens again, he added. Trump also reminded everybody that he “took out 100% of the ISIS Caliphate, even as Gen. Milley said it was impossible to do so.
Trump also clarified he had no intention of attacking China during his term. “For the record, I never even thought of attacking China—and China knows that. The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad. In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the US into a war—a well-known fact that is seldom reported.”
Others Also Criticized Gen Mark Milley
In a statement to the Washington Post, a former senior US official also criticized Milley for his actions. He said that “it was dangerous for Mark Milley to be doing freelance diplomacy on China”. It became even more dangerous because he didn’t involve other senior officials “dealing with China at the time.”
“Milley was making these phone calls at a time when the U.S. government was in the middle of very complicated discussions with and actions against the PRC. For him to take this sort of action without any interagency coordination is astonishing.
The risk is [Milley] could have caused the Chinese to miscalculate and take some sort of diplomatic, economic, or military action with far-ranging consequences, because he was giving the wrong signal, having no understanding of the context in which he was making the call,” the official added.
Watch the NBC News video reporting that General Mark Milley sought to avert conflict with China over Trump fears:
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