Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was blasted by President Trump after explosive reports emerged that Milley allegedly told his Chinese counterpart that he would warn China in advance of an attack, if an attack were to be ordered by Trump.
The report alleges Milley told General Li of the Chinese army, “General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.” Milley reportedly also said, “General 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. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
President Trump said in a statement, “So, first of all, if it is actually true, which is hard to believe that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them of an attack or advance of an attack, that’s treason! Number two, it’s totally ridiculous…for him to say that I would even think about attacking China — I think he’s just trying to get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan…they killed our soldiers and we left $85 billion worth of equipment.”
Trump also said, “For him to say that I was going to attack China is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard – and everybody knows it.
Former President Donald Trump reacts to new reports about General Mark Milley: "If it is actually true…that's treason." https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/1PY0ZjrmHW
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 14, 2021
“it was dangerous for Mark Milley to be doing freelance diplomacy on China without involving any of the other senior officials dealing with China at the time,” a former US official said in a statement to the Washington Post
Senior Trump admin national security official to me on Gen. Milley's reported secret calls to Chinese generals:
“It was dangerous for Mark Milley to be doing freelance diplomacy on China without involving any of the other senior officials dealing with China at the time…" 1/3
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 14, 2021