Top US general Milley doubles down on call to Chinese counterpart about ‘rogue’ POTUS Trump, says it went through proper channels
15 Sep, 2021
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied that calling his Chinese counterpart to warn him about “rogue” President Donald Trump was wrong, saying it went through proper Defense Department channels.
Excerpts published on Tuesday from a book about the last months of the Trump presidency said Milley had coordinated with the top Democrats, the CIA, and the NSA to monitor Trump after the January 6 Capitol riot, as well as reached out to his Chinese counterpart before and after the 2020 election, to reassure him the US wasn’t about to attack.
“All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency,” Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for Milley, said on Wednesday.
“General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution,” Butler added.
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New book details Trump’s efforts to instigate war with China as part of January 6 coup attempt
By Barry Grey
New revelations emerged Tuesday of the extraordinary steps taken by Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to counter efforts by then-President Donald Trump to instigate a war with China—and possibly launch a nuclear strike—as part of his efforts to overturn his election defeat and remain in power.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and other news sources published accounts of the conflict within the state apparatus based on a new book by Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Peril, which is slated to be released to the public next Tuesday.
According to the accounts, US intelligence concluded in the final months of Trump’s term that the Chinese military considered an American military strike to be likely under conditions where Trump was refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Milley, the authors of Peril write, “felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump and believed it was his job as the senior military officer to think the unthinkable and take any and all necessary precautions.”
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