Washington as top Republican Demand to sack Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Mille for its reported actions at the end of Donald Trumppresided over, his democratic The successors seem to welcome the discussion.
“I have great faith in General Mille,” President Joe Biden said during the White House photo opportunity on Wednesday.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki further said during her daily White House briefing, that Biden believes the four-star military general is committed to the Constitution and that it was important to remember that Trump was in his last two months. What were you trying to do? The Office.
“The outgoing President of the United States, during this period, instigated the unrest that led to the rebellion and the attack on our nation’s capitol on January 6,” he described as “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history”. said. “
He added: “There was widespread concern from many members of his national security team about his behavior and fitness for office.”
Biden and his White House are facing tough questions about him chaotic return from afghanistan, a kabuli drone strike It appears to have killed seven children and zero terrorists, a slowdown in economic recovery and falling acceptance numbers.
Republican attacks on Milley – led by Trump himself – have allowed Biden, at least temporarily, to change the subject. Former President’s Attempt to Overthrow American Democracy After his failure to win re-election.
In a soon-to-be-released book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley spoke twice with his Chinese counterpart to reassure them that the United States would continue with China in the final weeks of Trump’s term. was not seeking to start a war. And then coordinated with other military officials to ensure that Trump, who was trying to reverse his election losses at the time, could not take illegal military action, particularly the use of nuclear weapons.
Several Republican officeholders accused Milley of disobeying the commander in chief and violating a constitutional requirement for civilian control of the military.
joyful. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote in twitter post: “If true then he should be court martialed.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who, like Paul, ran for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, wrote in a letter to biden that Milley “actively undermined the commander in chief of the United States Armed Forces and considered a seditious leak of classified information to the Communist Party of China prior to a possible armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China.”
Trump, interviewed by his own former spokesman on the pro-Trump Newsmax site, incorrectly claimed that Milley’s actions constituted “treason.”
Psaki said it was difficult to take criticism of Republicans not taking action against Trump during his unprecedented efforts to stay in power. “I don’t think the president is seeking the guidance of members of Congress who stood as leaders of their own party, rebelled,” she said.
Trump entertained discussion of invoking the Rebellion Act of 1807 to confiscate voting machines and forcing states that had lost to Biden to run for re-election. Some of his favorite advisors wanted him to introduce martial law.
Trump didn’t wind up either, but only after military leaders dismissed his efforts to include him in the election. (A senior Trump White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if Trump had insisted on any of those things, top aides would have resigned en masse.)
However, Trump settled on a last-ditch plan: draw thousands of his followers to Washington on the day of congressional certification of the results and encourage them to march on the Capitol and demand that Congress reject Biden’s victory and Give Trump a second period. When his own vice president refused to go along with the plan, Trump attacked him, prompting a crowd of supporters to throng Capitol Hall, “Hang up Mike Pence!”
Despite this, 147 Republican members of Congress voted to disapprove of Biden’s election victory, hours after Trump’s mob ransacked the building and put their lives in danger.
A few weeks later, only 10 of the more than 200 Republican House members and seven of the GOP’s 50 senators voted against Trump to incite an attempted rebellion during his impeachment.
Psaki said the overall context of Trump’s final days undermines any concern that Milley’s actions will serve as a precedent for him or any other military leader in the future, including Biden, undermining another commander in chief. Will be done.
Saki said, “This president, this current president, who abides by the constitution, who is not promoting an insurgency, who follows the rule of law, has full confidence in President Milley and he is in his role.” continues to serve.”