Both sides of the US political divide have called on General Mark Milley to step down as he was accused of “breaking the chain of command” by assuring Beijing that Washington would not wage war on China over the two years. last months in power of Donald Trump.
As revealed by “Danger”, an upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward and his Washington post his colleague Robert Costa, the US chief of staff called on his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng, to avoid war with the United States, fearing that Beijing might fear an attack.
Alexander Vindman, former member of the United States Security Council and retired United States Army lieutenant colonel, was among the figures who called for General Milley’s resignation following reports of his conversations with China Tuesday.
“If this is true, General Milley must resign,” Mr. Vindman wrote on Twitter. “He usurped civil authority, broke the chain of command and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It is an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t just walk away from it. “
Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, agreed with Mr. Vindman and wrote on Twitter: “I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is working to overthrow the military chain of command and get along with China is exactly what we do” do not accept from the military leaders of our country. It should be court martialed if that’s true.
According to Woodward and Costa, General Milley called General Li twice with the assurance that “the US government is stable and everything will be fine” and that Washington “was not going to attack or carry out kinetic operations against you. “.
Two calls – which took place before and after the Capitol riot on January 6 – also gave General Li an assurance that he would be warned before any attack. According to The post office, General Milley told him that:“If we’re going to attack, I’ll call you ahead. It won’t be a surprise ”.
Californian Democrat Ted Location was also among those who criticized General Milley on Tuesday and wrote on Twitter: “The fate of the world should not depend on one general, in this case Mark Milley, trying to stop an unstable president. ”
“This is why we must pass my bill with Senator Ed Markey which requires POTUS to obtain authorization from Congress before launching a nuclear first strike.”
Mr Trump, responding to reports of General Milley’s calls with China, told Newsmax on Tuesday that “if this is really true it is hard to believe he would have called China and done these things and was ready to inform them of an attack or before an attack … it is treason ”.
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