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World Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general sought to undermine Trump

02:40  15 september  2021
02:40  15 september  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Milley, Army chief displayed 'pattern of behavior' defying authority: former senior military official

  Milley, Army chief displayed 'pattern of behavior' defying authority: former senior military official A former assistant secretary of the Army under President Trump has accused top military officials, specifically Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. James McConville, of engaging in a "pattern of behavior" that overstepped their authority and undermined potential commands from Trump. In an interview with Fox News Digital, E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs under the Trump administration, accused high-ranking military officials Milley and McConville of making statements that insinuated they were calling the shots.

Marco Rubio called on President Biden to fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley after a book claimed that Milley held secret calls with his Chinese counterparts that undermined former President Trump . Rubio 's statement comes after the book "Peril," authored by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, claimed Milley made two secret calls to his Chinese counterpart. In the calls , one of which happened before the election in October 2020 and another two days after the Jan.

"The notion that General Milley said that ‘nothing I or anyone else saw indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,'" Kaine said to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has made the same claim himself, "I just don't think that’s true." Kaine said he understood it "wasn’t the consensus of opinion" nor "the most likely possibility" in terms of outcomes, "but the possibility of a collapse was not zero percent." Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general sought to undermine Trump .

Sen. Marco Rubio called on President Biden to fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley after a book claimed that Milley held secret calls with his Chinese counterparts that undermined former President Trump.

"I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC)," Rubio said in a statement Tuesday. "These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately."

Biden asserts ‘confidence’ in embattled top US General Milley

  Biden asserts ‘confidence’ in embattled top US General Milley General Mark Milley faces calls for resignation for reported calls with Chinese counterpart during Trump presidency.Biden has “complete confidence” in Milley, who serves as the chairman of the joint chiefs, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.

Biden showcased his foreign policy prowess and his competence in running an administration as he challenged former President Trump in the 2020 election. And while the rocky exit from Afghanistan is a major factor in the president’s approval rating plunge, it’s not the only issue that's feeding the fall. Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general sought to undermine Trump .

A new book claims Gen. Mark Milley called Chine officials in fear that Trump would "attack" during his remaining time in the White House. In the book , authored by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, it is alleged that Milley made two secret phone calls , both to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place prior to the 2020 presidential election on Oct.

Rubio's statement comes after the book "Peril," authored by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, claimed Milley made two secret calls to his Chinese counterpart. In the calls, one of which happened before the election in October 2020 and another two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Milley reportedly sought to reassure the Chinese that the U.S. was stable and did not plan to attack the country.

MILLEY SECRETLY CALLED CHINESE OFFICIALS OUT OF FEAR TRUMP WOULD 'ATTACK' IN FINAL DAYS, BOOK CLAIMS

"General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK," Milley told Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng  during the first call, according to the book. "We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you."

Gregg Jarrett: Gen. Milley's alleged treachery and betrayal merit a court-martial

  Gregg Jarrett: Gen. Milley's alleged treachery and betrayal merit a court-martial Revelations about the conduct of Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, contained in a new book are beyond alarming.  If accurate, they constitute court-martial offenses. If proven at trial, they merit conviction and imprisonment. In a new book titled "Peril," Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa describe in intimate detail conversations that Milley had with senior Pentagon officials, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a top general in the Chinese military toward the end of Trump’s presidency.

Mark Milley , promised China's military leader he would warn Beijing if President Trump decided to prepare a military strike against the communist nation, according to an upcoming book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Milley allegedly had two secret phone calls with Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, four days before the Nov. 3 election and two days after the Jan. 6 riot, according to excerpts of the book "Peril" reviewed by the Washington Post.

Biden ’s order Thursday mandating COVID-19 vaccinations among federal workers and contractors drops the option of regular testing and allows only some religious and disability exemptions. The order applies only to employees of the executive branch and does not apply to the legislative or judicial branches of government, the White House confirmed to Fox News. Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general sought to undermine Trump .

The book also claimed that Milley promised to give the Chinese advance warning of any American attack.

"Gen. Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we're going to attack, I'm going to call you ahead of time," Milley said, according to the book.

"It's not going to be a surprise," Milley added.

"Gen. Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military’s judgement as more stable than its civilian commander," Rubio said. "It is a dangerous precedent that could be asserted at any point in the future by Gen. Milley or others. It threatens to tear apart our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military."

"You must immediately dismiss Gen. Milley. America’s national security and ability to lead in the world are at stake," Rubio concluded.

But some Pentagon officials have disputed some of the claims in the book, telling Fox News that Milley did not promise to warn the Chinese of any U.S. strikes. Instead, Milley only sought to reassure the Chinese and NATO allies that the U.S. government was stable.

Pentagon sources did acknowledge the calls to the Chinese, but said Milley only assured the country that there would be no surprise attacks, and that if there was a build-up of tensions, the Chinese would be aware of it.

The sources also said that the Pentagon was seeking to project stability amid domestic turmoil.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

What Is Happening to Our Apolitical Military? .
Remarks by America’s most senior military officer mark the latest step in the continued erosion of relations between the armed forces and their civilian leaders.As CNN reports, “Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup,” and although journalists have largely recounted either private conversations or actions that Milley was planning—that is, giving him credit for things he might have done but hadn’t—the comments cast him in a flattering light, a soldier stalwart in defense of democracy.

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