General Mark Milley’s office responded Wednesday to allegations that the General called China to assure the CCP that he would let them know in advance should President Trump intend to strike.
The call was said to have taken place in the final weeks of the Trump presidency, following the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill.
According to an excerpt from Bob Woodward’s new book, Milley allegedly called General Li, his counterpart in China, to let him know that “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
The allegations have drawn criticism from multiple Republicans. Senator Marco Rubio demanded Milley be fired. Even Alexander Vindman, who was a key witness in the congressional hearings surrounding the notorious Trump Ukraine phone call (And no fan of the former President) tweeted, “If this is true, Gen Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent.”
In response to the allegations, Milley’s office confirm that the call not only took place but, that it was within his scope of duty to have the conversation.
A statement was released Wednesday saying, “His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.”
According to Milley, the calls were all “coordinated and communicated with” the Pentagon.