According to Gen. Milley, the conversations he conducted with his Chinese counterpart in the closing months of President Trump’s administration were absolutely within the duties and obligations” of his job.
Treason is Normal Now
Gen. Mark Milley, during his first public remarks on the conversations, described them as “normal.” Milley said they were made to comfort both friends and rivals in this circumstance in order to guarantee strategic stability. The Associated Press and another journalist accompanying the AP to Europe spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Milley is the subject of a firestorm, following revelations that he engaged in phone conversations with People’s Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng. These calls happened to reassure Zuocheng that the US would not go to fight with or invade China.
General Milley disregarded the civilian chain of command. He undermined the Commander In Chief & empowered our enemy.
And the fact that Joe Biden refuses to do anything about it is even more disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/QWDjYyxR1q
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) September 15, 2021
Samples from Washington Post authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s upcoming book “Peril” initially revealed details of the calls made in October and January. Milley allegedly informed his Chinese counterpart that if an attack occurred, he would notify China.
Milley only made a brief justification of his conversations on Friday, saying he intends to have a more in-depth discussion with Congress when he appears at a committee hearing later in September.
Milley Staying Silent Until the Hearings
Milley believes it is best he keeps his thoughts off the record until he has the opportunity to share these thoughts in front of the politicians with legal authority to govern the United States military. Milley also explained that in a few weeks, he’ll go into any amount of detail Congress needs to hear.
Milley and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are expected to testify before the Congressional Armed Services Committee on Sept. 28. This is supposed to be a briefing on the US troops’ intervention in Afghanistan and the chaotic departure of Americans, locals, as well as others.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 17, 2021
Milley, on the other hand, is set to face stern questions about the phone calls which occurred during Trump’s tumultuous final months in office as he contested the 2020 election results.
The second call, made on Jan. 8, came two days after a violent crowd invaded the United States Capitol, attempting to prevent Congress from recognizing Joe Biden’s presidential election.
Milley’s calls have been requested by a special House committee studying the Capitol violence on Jan. 6. The Senate’s leaders, Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, have also requested materials pertaining to the November 2020 election, the transition of authority from Trump to Biden, and the riot.
Milley was named chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Trump in 2019 and holds that position throughout the Biden presidency thus far. Milley continues to enjoy full faith and confidence from the White House and the Pentagon chief.