The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees on Tuesday defended contacting his Chinese counterpart in the past weeks of the Trump administration as component of his duties — including that he was “certain” former President Donald Trump did not intend to launch an assault on China.
Gen. Mark Milley confirmed through a Senate Armed Support Committee listening to that he identified as Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army two times — at the time on Oct. 30 just before the presidential election and after on Jan. 8, two times following the Capitol riot.
“Peril,” the new book by Washington Publish reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, claimed Milley arrived at out to Li to guarantee him that Trump was not arranging on launching an attack, and that he would warn China if that were the circumstance.
Milley informed the senators that the calls to China were produced following the Division of Protection picked up intelligence foremost them to “believe the Chinese have been nervous about an attack on them by the United States.”
“I know, I am specific, that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese, and it was my immediate accountability by the secretary to convey that intent to the Chinese,” Milley said.
The chairman also claimed other customers of the Trump administration had been knowledgeable of all those phone calls to Li.
Eight persons sat in his get in touch with in October and 11 sat in on the January connect with.
“I personally educated the two Secretary of Condition Pompeo and White Residence Chief of Workers Meadows about the phone among other subjects. Shortly following that, I attended a meeting with Acting [Defense] Secretary Miller, where I briefed him on the phone,” Milley mentioned of the January simply call.
He explained his calls to Li, like other discussions with army officers about the globe, are needed to “deconflict military services steps, manage crises, and stop war concerning great powers that are armed with the world’s most deadliest weapons.”
Milley also acknowledged that he spoke to a number of authors of books about the Trump administration.
He informed Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) that he talked to Woodward for “Peril,” Carol Leonnig and Philip Ruck for “I Alone Can Correct It,” and Michael Bender for “Frankly We Did Earn This Election.”
“Were you accurately represented?” Blackburn questioned.
“I have not read through any of the books, so I really do not know,” he replied.