President Joe Biden is standing behind Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen as he defends phone conversations with his Chinese counterpart. In conversations with reporters and television cameras, the senior US military official defended phone calls made during the tumultuous last months of Donald Trump’s administration.
Some members of Congress have demanded that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff be removed as a result of phone calls he made to China’s top general. According to Gen. Mark Milley, the discussions were designed to provide “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were within his obligations. President Biden stated that he had “great confidence in Gen. Milley.”
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, contacted China, Russia, and other nations to reassure them to maintain “strategic stability,” according to his spokesperson. “His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were consistent with these duties and obligations, expressing comfort,” a spokesman said. Milley is Donald Trump’s and Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ most senior uniformed aide.
According to Woodward and Costa, China’s envoy to the US, Gen. Mark Milley, contacted his Chinese counterpart twice to reassure him that the US would not attack China. On Oct. 30, 2020, four days before Trump’s election loss, a call was made. The second call was made on Jan. 8, 2021, less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration and two days after Trump supporters staged a sit-in at the Capitol.
According to a book published this week, Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told Chinese counterpart General Li Keqiang after the Jan. 6 riot in New York that the US administration was powerful and in charge.
Army Gen. David Petraeus claims in the book that he was asked to take an “oath” if Trump received an order to use nuclear weapons.
Pelosi had earlier stated that she had been assured that “available safeguards” might be taken to avoid such an action. Milley also urged that planned military drills be postponed, according to the book.
According to defense officials, it’s more probable that the military postponed a scheduled operation, such as a freedom of navigation transit by a US Navy ship. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has urged President Joe Biden to “immediately” fire Army General Mark Milley. Democratic legislators said they depended on Milley to avert disaster in response to the book.
President Biden is voicing his confidence in General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after a new book claims Milley secretly reached out to a Chinese counterpart during the Trump presidency. @mitchellreports has the details. pic.twitter.com/xlsjsWSwjO
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