President Joe Biden has defended the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, amid controversy about the general’s allegedly covert calls to China in the final months of the Trump administration.
“I have great confidence in General Milley,” the president said on Wednesday.
According to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, General Milley made two secret phone calls to a top Chinese general, Li Xuocheng, in late 2020 and early 2021, to reassure him that the United States had I do not intend to go to war. China.
Mr Trump himself dismissed Republican calls, accusing General Milley of “treason”.
A spokesman for General Mille has defended his actions.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regularly communicates with defense chiefs around the world, including China and Russia,” Colonel Dave Butler said in a statement. “These conversations are important to improve mutual understanding of US national security interests, reduce tension, provide clarity, and avoid unintended consequences or conflict.”
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Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Mark Milley