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President Biden said he has “great confidence” in the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, amid allegations that he made “secret” phone calls with his Chinese counterpart.

Biden made the one-sentence remark while answering questions from reporters during a meeting with business leaders. Milley has faced calls for his resignation, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki also defended Milley on Wednesday.


“Biden has worked side-by-side with Chairman Mille for nearly eight months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” Psaki said. “His experience with him has been that he is a patriot.”

“He is someone who has allegiance to the Constitution, and has confidence in his leadership,” he continued. “I cannot speak to anonymous, unconfirmed reports about previous interactions during the previous administration.”

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Psaki said the president “knows General Mille,” and added that “he has worked side by side through many international events.”

“The president has full confidence in his leadership, his patriotism and his loyalty to our Constitution,” Saki said.

Milley came under fire after allegations included in the book “Peril”, co-written by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, were made public that Milley had both given two secrets to his Chinese counterpart, General Li Xuocheng. Phone calls were made. People’s Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place before the 2020 presidential election, on October 30, 2020, and again on January 8, 2021, two days after the January 6 Capitol riots.

The book claims that Milley contacted Li after reviewing intelligence that Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack on China amid military exercises in the South China Sea. Was. The book’s authors also claim that Milley contacted Lee for a second time to assure him that the US would not make any progress or attack China in any way, as Milley promised, “We 100% stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can get muddy sometimes.”

Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is defending allegations of a “secret” call with him Sugar Equivalent, adding that the talks were “critical” to “defuse tensions” and “avoid unintended consequences or conflict”, adding that the calls were coordinated with high-level defense officials.

Mili’s spokesperson calls China’s call to ‘avoid unexpected consequences or conflict’ ‘important’

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Defense regularly communicates with defense chiefs around the world, including China and Russia. These conversations are aimed at improving mutual understanding of US national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity, and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict. important to.” Milley’s spokesman, Colonel Dave Butler, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Butler said that “Meet’s calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were reassuring to maintain strategic stability while keeping these duties and responsibilities in mind.”

“All calls made by the president to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and interagency,” Butler said.

Butler continued, “In keeping with his responsibilities as senior military adviser to the President and the Secretary of Defense, General Milley frequently holds meetings with uniformed leaders across all services to keep all leaders informed of current issues.” ” “The meeting regarding the Nuclear Weapons Protocol was intended to remind uniformed leaders at the Pentagon of long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.”

Butler said: “General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the legitimate tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.”

But former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the post-2020 election period through Inauguration Day, fired back, saying he had “held the secret” call to Millie with her Chinese counterpart. for”, calling the charges an “outrageous and unprecedented act of defiance” and calling on him to “resign immediately”.