Politics Alexander Vindman, Marco Rubio Call on Gen. Milley to Resign Over Alleged China Calls
Mark Milley Insists Calls to China Are 'Routine' Part of Job in First Public Comments
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came under fire amid reports that he'd twice called his Chinese counterpart with assurances that the U.S. would not attack or initiate a war with China. Speaking to the AP while traveling to Europe, Milley said that he made the calls "to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability."Excerpts from the upcoming book Peril, authored by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, contained descriptions of the calls Milley made. During the conversations, he told Li that he would provide him with a warning in the event of a U.S.
Sen.(R-Fla.) and retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman have called on Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to lose his job over alleged secret calls to China amid concerns about former President .
Peril, an upcoming book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, alleges that Milley made two calls to his Chinese counterpart Gen. Li Zuocheng—one days before the 2020 election and the other days after the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol—over fears that Trump's actions could start a war, according to The Washington Post.
Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod
It's Wednesday, welcome to Overnight Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has become a lightning rod for the Biden administration amid calls for him to resign over book excerpts revealing President Trump's final days in office.We'll break down what the issue is, who is angry, and what the Biden administration has to say.For The Hill, we're Ellen Mitchell and Rebecca Kheel. Write to us with tips: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Let's get to it.
Rubio sent a letter to Presidenton Tuesday demanding that he fire Milley "immediately" for working to "actively undermine" Trump.
"[Milley] 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)," wrote Rubio. "These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately."
"General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military's judgement was more stable than its civilian commander," he continued. "You must immediately dismiss General Milley. America's national security and ability to lead in the world are at stake."
Biden says he has ‘complete confidence’ in Milley amid book disclosures
The White House affirmed on Wednesday that it was standing by Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who according to a new book may have circumvented the military chain of command by reassuring a Chinese general he would warn Beijing if then-President Trump ordered a nuclear attack on the rival superpower. "The president has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism and his fidelity to our Constitution,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing. The president reiterated that message himself about an hour later as he met with business leaders at the White House. “I have great confidence in Gen.
Vindman, a key witness in Trump's first impeachment who the former president later called "very insubordinate," said in a tweet that Milley should resign if the alleged phone calls took place. Vindman argued that the alleged phone calls "set an extremely dangerous precedent" that "you can't simply walk away from."
"If this is true GEN Milley must resign," tweeted Vindman. "He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military."
If this is true GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that. #dotherightthingintherightway https://t.co/izsMMCFPrz— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) September 14, 2021
Peril reportedly alleges that on October 30, 2020, Milley called Li after becoming concerned by intelligence reports the indicated China believed that the U.S. was preparing a military strike. The general reportedly assured his Chinese counterpart that no such attack was planned and that if one were on the way it was "not going to be a surprise" because he would call "ahead of time."
Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right
Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has become a lightning rod for the Biden administration, which is facing calls for him to resign over book excerpts underscoring his maneuvering during former President Donald Trump's final days in office.Milley was already a target for conservatives before the revelations in "Peril," the upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.But the newMilley was already a target for conservatives before the revelations in "Peril," the upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.
The second alleged call reportedly took place on January 8, 2021, shortly after Milley had received a call Speaker of the House(D-Calif.), who argued that the Capitol insurrection was evidence that Trump was "crazy." Milley reportedly feared that the former president would launch a nuclear strike and told Pelosi that he agreed with her before calling Li to say that the U.S. was "100 percent steady" and that the situation was "fine."
Trump told Newsmax on Tuesday that Milley's reported promise to warn of an impending attack was "treasonous," while insisting that he "did not ever think of attacking China." Milley, who previously served as chief of staff for the Army, became the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman in 2019, having been nominated to the position by Trump during the previous year.
Newsweek reached out to the White House and the office of the Chairman of Joints Chiefs of Staff for comment.
Alexander Vindman, whistleblower in first Trump impeachment, condemns Gen. Mark Milley for calls with China .
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Thursday tweeted a rebuke of Gen. Mark Milley's calls with China, as reported in a new book.Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the whistleblower who reported calls with Ukraine that led to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, called for Milley's ouster over the top general's phone calls.