US General Mark Milley secretly phoned Chinese General Li Zuocheng twice because he was afraid that Trump would go to war with Beijing if he lost the election.
The Washington Post on September 14 reported that the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley telephoned the Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission Li Zuocheng on October 30, 2020. days before last year’s US presidential election and once on January 8, two days after the Capitol Hill riots.
During the calls, General Milley assured General Lee that the US was stable and had no intention of attacking. In the event of an attack, General Milley would also warn China, the Washington Post cited “Peril,” an upcoming book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, based on interviews with 200 people. information resource.
After the first call, Milley was motivated to call a second with Beijing in part due to his conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who asked him about safeguards to prevent an “unfair president” often” launch a nuclear attack.
“He’s lost his mind. You know, he’s lost his mind,” Pelosi told Milley, to which the general replied, “I agree with you on everything.”
Former US President Donald Trump expressed skepticism about the story. He argued that if that was true, General Milley should be tried for treason. “I never even thought about attacking China,” Trump said.
General Milley’s office has not yet commented on the report. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre also did not respond and referred questions to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio meanwhile called on US President Joe Biden to immediately fire General Milley.
“I don’t need to talk about the dangers when senior military officers leak classified information about US military activities. However, I will stress that such action would undermine the ability to do so. negotiate and utilize the President’s national power when discussing with foreign partners,” Rubio said.
General Milley was appointed by Trump to the position of Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2018. However, like many Trump appointees, Milley was later criticized by the former US president himself after he lost the election in the election. race for the White House in 2020.
Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)