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Trump says Milley-China story could distract attention from Afghanistan – but ‘betrayal’ if true


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Trump doubts reports Milley called Chinese general but says ‘betrayal’ if true
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed skepticism over the report that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went behind his back to call Chinese officials, but said such action was a betrayal if it was true.

Washington Post Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bob Woodward and National Political Journalist Robert Costa claimed in their upcoming book “Peril” that Milley made two secret phone calls to People’s Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng, his counterpart. Chinese.

Milley reportedly made the calls ahead of the 2020 presidential election on October 30, 2020 and two days after the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill on January 8, 2021, and assured Zuocheng of the stability of the U.S. government. He also reportedly assured the Chinese general that he would contact him about any impending attack by the United States in the final days of Trump’s presidency.

“So first of all, if it’s really true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was ready to warn them of an attack or in advance of an attack is treason, ”Trump said. told host Sean Spicer on NewsmaxTV’s “Spicer & Co”.

“I got so many calls today saying this is betrayal number one,” Trump continued. Acknowledging that he was tough on China over trade and COVID-19, he went on to call “utter ridiculous” the idea that he would order an attack on China.

In a statement released shortly after the interview, Trump called on Milley to step down, advancing a theory that Milley made up the story himself and leaked it to Woodward and Costa, whom he described as writers of “fiction, not facts”. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says General Milley “must step down” if his secret calls with China go ahead
– Mark Milley’s alleged appeal to China “violated the law,” said a retired colonel; “He has no statutory authority”
– Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general seeks to undermine Trump
– Tucker Carlson: Mark Milley committed treason, and others were implicated
– Hannity: Milley should be “tried for treason” if the explosive report turns out to be true

California Governor Gavin Newsom survives recall election
California Governor Gavin Newsom will retain his post as director of the nation’s most populous state.

The Associated Press predicted that a majority of Californians voted against Newsom’s impeachment in Tuesday’s recall election for the struggling first-term Democratic governor.

Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor who was majority elected governor in 2018 in the heavily blue state, was facing a recall campaign sparked last year mainly over accusations he mismanaged the response from his coronavirus state, the worst pandemic to strike the world in a century.

The ballots were mailed to some 22 million registered voters in California last month and were to be stamped or handed out when the polls close at 8 p.m. Pacific time. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Newsom’s recall defense receives boost from commercial donors
– Newsom is rated by residents of San Francisco
– Silicon Valley divided over recall elections in California
– Mike Piazza’s video pitch for Larry Elder fails to convince California voters to oust Newsom in recall election

Alex Murdaugh shooting: South Carolina police say attack on lawyer botched in life insurance plot
South Carolina Police arrested a man who allegedly conspired with Alex Murdaugh, a prominent lawyer whose wife and son were murdered in a double shootout in June, to shoot him down and kill him in a conspiracy aiming to garner millions of dollars in life insurance for his son. .

“Officers from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday arrested a Colleton County man in connection with the shooting involving Alex Murdaugh on September 4 in Hampton County,” said a spokesperson for South Carolina law enforcement division Tommy Crosby in a statement.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and showing a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. insurance in connection with the case, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Investigators said they have probable reasons to believe Murdaugh set up the plot himself – but survived the shot attempt with a superficial head injury, according to an SLED affidavit.

“Richard Alex Murdaugh conspired with Curtis Edward Smith in the Old Salkehatchie Road area, with the intention that Mr. Smith would assist Mr. Murdaugh in committing suicide,” the affidavit alleges. “Mr. Murdaugh provided Mr. Smith with a firearm and ordered Mr. Smith to shoot him in the head for the purpose of causing Mr. Murdaugh’s death and for payment of a benefit. declared death. “

If the plot was successful, Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, could have touched his father’s $ 10 million life insurance policy, police said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– South Carolina Police are investigating whether Alex Murdaugh embezzled funds from former law firm
– Florida Sheriff praises K9s shot during arrest: took bullets intended for deputies
– 4 Minnesota adults found dead in an SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield: “It’s very unusual”

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A FEW WORDS OF APART

Laura Ingraham said Tuesday night that as Democrats erupted over what they called the “Capitol Uprising on January 6,” U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was organizing quietly a similar plan – behind the back of former President Donald Trump.

“Today we learned the truth,” said the host of “The Ingraham Angle” told viewers. “There was indeed an insurgency going on in Washington, but it took place in the Pentagon. And the chief architect was General Mark Milley.”

She then suggested that Milley make two secret phone calls to Chinese General Li Zuocheng in the final days of Trump’s presidency – unbeknownst to Trump.

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