In the final months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made two phone calls to Chinese officials, fearing Trump could create a conflict with the communist nation, according to a new book.
In the book, written by Washington Post deputy editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, it is alleged that Milley made two secret phone calls, both to his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place before the 2020 presidential election on October 30, 2020 and two days after the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill on January 8, 2021.
According to the book, Milley contacted Zuocheng after reviewing information suggesting that Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack on China as part of military exercises in the South China Sea.
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“General Li, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and that everything will be fine,” Milley told him on the first call, according to the book. “We are not going to attack or conduct kinetic operations against you.”
The book, taken from the Washington Post, also stated that Milley had told Zuocheng that he would warn him in advance if America decided to “attack.”
“General Li, you and I have known each other for five years now. If we are going to attack, I will call you ahead,” Milley added, as reported in the book “Peril”. which should be released next week. “It won’t be a surprise.”
The authors of the book also claim that Milley contacted Zuocheng a second time to reassure him that the United States would not be making any kind of advances or attacking China in any form, as Milley promised: ” We are 100% stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can be sloppy at times. “
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These phone calls, according to the book, were never mentioned to Trump, as Milley believed his mental state had declined after the election, something he shared his thoughts about during a phone call with the president of House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on January 8, the same day he called Zuocheng for the second time. According to Pelosi, she spoke with Milley that day about “available precautions” to prevent Trump from engaging in military action.
The book also alleges that Milley telephoned the admiral in charge of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and suggested postponing any further military exercises. The book also notes that Milley asked senior officers to take an “oath” that his involvement would be necessary if Trump gave the order to launch nuclear weapons during his last days in office.