Mark Milley has lost all credibility in the face of what could be the most treasonous act carried out in modern U.S. history.
Top U.S. military commander Gen. Mark Milley was never authorized to have secret calls with his Chinese counterpart in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency over concerns Trump could spark a war, former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller revealed.
Miller added that if the allegations prove true, the general must resign immediately or be ousted.
The phone calls were described in excerpts from the forthcoming book “Peril” by a pair of sleuth journalists, Bob Woodward of Water Gate fame and Robert Costa. The book alleges that Milley told his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that the Communist regime would receive advance warning if Trump were to launch an attack.
However, Trump was no where near that point with China; there wasn’t even discussion of an attack.
In a statement to Fox News, Miller called the allegations “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination by the nation’s top military officer.”
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said. “The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”
Milley, who was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 2019 by Trump and kept on by Biden, does not command any troops but acts as an adviser to the president and to the secretary of defense.
According to the book, Miley grew fearful of what Trump was capable of during the last two weeks of his presidency. He took it upon himself to call Chinese counterpart — the first call taking place just before the 2020 presidential election, and the second occurring directly after the Jan. 6 Captiol protests. Milley assured Communist China that Trump would not attack, that American democracy was stable, and that they would receive advance warning if an attack were to occur.
A treasonous act if there ever was one.
Trump said Milley should be tried for treason if it was true that Milley had promised Li that he would warn him in the event of a U.S. attack.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney