World Pompeo, Trump national security adviser in the dark on Milley's China intel and outreach, sources say
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.
Neither former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nor former National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien were aware of any intelligence while they were in office that suggested that Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack onin the time period surrounding the , former government officials told Fox News on Friday.
The supposed intelligence was the basis for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley contacting his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, as described in the book "Peril," co-written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
Rubio calls on Biden to fire Milley after book claims general sought to undermine Trump
Rubio called on President Biden to fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley"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.
Additionally, the former officials told Fox News that neither Pompeo nor O'Brien had spoken to Milley about the intelligence or the calls Milley made to China – one prior to November's election and a second on Jan. 8, 2021, following the Capitol riots that took place two days earlier.
The book from Woodward and Costa claimed Milley reached out to Li after he had reviewed intelligence that the Chinese were concerned about a possible U.S. attack amid military exercises in the South China Sea. In the second call, Milley reportedly assured China that the U.S. would not attack or advance on them.
Milley gave his first public comments on the controversy Friday, telling The Associated Press the calls were "perfectly within the duties and responsibilities" of his job. He also described the conversations as "routine" and ]done "to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability."
Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Gen. Milley 'must resign' if his secret calls with China occurred
Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the star witness in the first impeachment trial of President Trump, is calling for the resignation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley if the reporting of his secret phone calls with China under the previous administration occurred. New reporting from the upcoming book "Peril" alleges that Milley reached out to his Chinese counterpart in the final months of the Trump presidency, vowing that he would warn the CCP if the commander in chief launched an attack.
Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who was in office during the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, said that he "did not and would not ever authorize" Milley to have such calls, describing the allegations in the book as a "disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination."
U.S. officials, however, told Fox News the calls "were not secret," and were coordinated with the Defense secretary’s office.
Fox News learned that 15 officials were present for the calls, which were conducted via video conferencing. Sources familiar with the calls said that there were notetakers present for the calls, and that they had been made with the knowledge of Miller and his predecessor, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Fox News' Brooke Singman and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.
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.