As he testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on the Armed Services with other military officials to answer questions from elected officials on the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, General Milley was overtaken by the revelations of a recent book notably reporting backstage conversations with Beijing, from which he defended himself.
In Danger, investigative reporter Bob Woodward and political reporter for Washington Post Robert Costa wrote in particular that the highest ranking American military officer had contacted his Chinese counterpart twice, once in the days leading up to the presidential election in November and another after the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6.
The book cited information from US intelligence that China feared being attacked by Donald Trump before the end of his term, confirmed by General Milley.
The serviceman spoke of routine contacts that had the blessing of senior Trump administration officials.
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I know, I’m sure President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese, and it was my direct responsibility to convey the President’s orders and intentions., he said.
My mission at that time was de-escalation.
In mid-September, after the publication of excerpts leading up to the sale of Bob Woodward’s latest book on the Trump presidency, several elected Republican officials shouted at the
treason called for General Milley’s resignation or even his appearance before a military tribunal, accusing him of overstepping his duties.
My loyalty to this nation, its people and the Constitution has not changed and will never change as long as I breathe, however supported the chief of staff of the American armies.
I firmly believe that civilian control of the military is a basic principle essential to this republic, and I am committed to ensuring that the military stays away from domestic politics., he added, assuring that he had
At no moment try to
modify or influence the process, usurp authority or [s]” insert in the chain of command.
Milley denies doubting Trump’s mental state
General Milley also denied having doubted the mental state of the former Republican president towards the end of his mandate, another statement contained in the book of journalists Woodward and Costa.
They report that General Milley nodded in a January phone conversation with House Speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi when she called Mr. Trump
Ms Pelosi had telephoned General Milley the day after Donald Trump’s supporters assaulted the Capitol on Jan.6, to make sure the president could not use nuclear codes.
I explained to him that the President has the authority to launch a nuclear attack and that he does not do it alone, and that I am not qualified to determine the mental state of the President of the United States.
There are processes, protocols and procedures for this, he said.
After the publication of excerpts from the book on September 15, President Joe Biden renewed his confidence in General Milley.