General Mark Milley’s reputation took a rather sizable hit this week, as details of his actions during the latter days of the Trump presidency come to light.
As reported in the new book Peril, Milley reached out to his counterparts in Beijing on several occasions in the dusk of Trump’s first term to explain to them that Trump wasn’t about to launch an attack against China – something that the CCP was growing concerned about. Milley then suggested that he would actually warn China if Trump did decide to take action against them.
Now, after the Pentagon refused to comment on the situation, Milley is speaking up, and he’s not helping his case.
The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job.
In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley said such calls are “routine” and were done “to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to The Associated Press and another reporter traveling with him to Europe.
More information would be coming soon.
“I think it’s best that I reserve my comments on the record until I do that in front of the lawmakers who have the lawful responsibility to oversee the U.S. military,” Milley said. “I’ll go into any level of detail Congress wants to go into in a couple of weeks.”
Calls for Milley’s resignation are continuing late into the week, with many Americans believing that the General’s actions are a punishable offense.