Defense Officials Call Report Against Milley ‘Exaggerated’

Defense Officials Call Report Against Milley ‘Exaggerated’

Officials at the Department of Defense strongly refute and Robert Costa’s claim that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. made unprecedented phone calls to his Chinese counterpart days before President Trump left office. (RELATED: Republicans Divided Over Allegation Leading General Obstructed Trump)

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the high-ranking officers say that Milley’s calls to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng were not about reassuring Beijing that Trump wouldn’t launch a preemptive strike against China. Another source described the conversation as not out of the ordinary. POLITICO’s Lara Seligman and Daniel Lippman further report:

The people also said that Milley did not go rogue in placing the call, as the book suggests. In fact, Milley asked permission from acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller before making the call, said one former senior defense official, who was in the room for the meeting. Milley also briefed the secretary’s office after the call, the former official said.

A Joint Staff spokesperson said all of Milley’s calls with his counterparts, including those with Chinese leaders, “are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.”

The Biden White House reiterated its support for Milley after Trump and some of his allies lashed out at the general.

Asked about the claims in a press briefing on Wednesday, White House spokesperson said President Joe Biden thinks Milley is a “patriot.”

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