Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley is defending his two phone calls to his Chinese counterpart at the chaotic end of the Trump presidency.
Talking to two reporters en route to Europe, Milley described his actions as “routine” and “perfectly within his job’s duties and responsibilities.” (RELATED: Defense Officials Call Report Against Milley ‘Exaggerated’)
According to Fox News:
Milley has been at the center of a firestorm amid reports he made two calls to Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army to assure him that the United States was not going to suddenly go to war with or attack China.
Descriptions of the calls made last October and in January were first aired in excerpts from the forthcoming book “Peril” by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The book says Milley told Li that he would warn Li in the event of an attack.
After the election, Milley reportedly grew increasingly concerned by President Trump’s mental health and was shocked after the muddled January 6 insurrection by a mob of Trump supporters.
The United States’ most senior military officer reserved further comments until his testimony later this month before members of Congress.