Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the star witness to President Trump’s first impeachment, calls for the resignation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley if reporting his secret phone calls with China under the previous administration took place.
A new report from the upcoming “Peril” book alleges that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart in the last few months of the Trump presidency, vowing that he would warn the CCP if the commander-in-chief launched an attack.
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Vindman, an outspoken critic of Trump himself, insisted that “if” the reporting is accurate, Milley’s actions have gone too far.
“If this is true, GEN Milley must step down,” Vindman tweeted. “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 cannot just walk away from it.”
He added: “#dotherrightthingintherightway.”
Vindman became a national figure in 2019 when he testified at President Trump’s impeachment inquiry into his conduct with Ukraine and allegations he was pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens by refusing help. Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
In the new 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, Gen. 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.
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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.
“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.”
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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. “
These phone calls, according to the book, were never mentioned to Trump because Milley believed his mental state had declined after the election, which he shared his thoughts about during a phone call with the president of the United Nations. Bedroom. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., 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.
Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.