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General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied that he was wrong to call his Chinese counterpart to warn him about “rogue” President Donald Trump, saying it went through the appropriate channels of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. defense.

Excerpts published Tuesday from a book on the final months of the Trump presidency said Milley had coordinated with the Main Democrats, the CIA and the NSA to monitor Trump after the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, as well as contacted his Chinese counterpart before and after the 2020 election, to reassure him the United States was not going to attack.



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“All of the President’s calls to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Defense Ministry and the interagency,Colonel Dave Butler, spokesperson for Milley, said Wednesday.

“General Milley continues to act and advise within the framework of his authority in the legal tradition of civilian control of the army and his oath to the Constitution”, The butler added.

Meanwhile, the White House has said President Joe Biden considers Milley “a patriot loyal to the American Constitution”, and a “total confidence” in its direction, according to Reuters.

According to ‘Peril,’ a book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa due for release next week and preview by several corporate media outlets on Tuesday, Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart, People’s Army General Li Zuocheng. release, twice – first on October 30, 2020, four days before the US presidential election, and then on January 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol riot.



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Milley’s first call was due to his belief that Trump was about to attack China, Woodward and Costa wrote. “General Li, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything will be fine”, they say Milley told him. “We are not going to attack or conduct kinetic operations against you.”

He reportedly went so far as to promise Li advance warning, based on the personal relationships they have established over the past five years.

If we’re going to attack, I’ll call you ahead. It won’t be a surprise.

The second call was due to Li’s fears about the events of January 6, according to Woodward and Costa. Milley reassured him that “We are 100 percent stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be botched.

Milley did not relay the conversation to Trump; instead he was talking to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), agreeing with her that the speaker was “crazy,” and by instructing the CIA to “Look at everything aggressively” and the NSA to “Continue to scan” for any sign of domestic problems, the book says.

He also called the admiral in charge of the American Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) and suggested that he postpone the planned military exercises so that China does not go wild. USINDOPACOM complied, according to the Washington Post review of the book.

Costa and Woodward admit that Milley was “Supervise the mobilization of the American state of national security without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world”, but said he was doing that “to ensure that there is no historic break in the international order, no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.”

Responding to reports citing the book, Trump called Milley a “dumba **” and say if the story is true, “then I guess he would be tried for treason.”

“For the record, I never even thought of attacking China, and China knows it”, Trump added. “The people who made the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad.”

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