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The Pentagon declined to confirm or deny a new book report alleging that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Mille Trump went beyond his power during the end of the presidency.

“I can’t speak to legitimacy,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Granthshala News’ Jennifer Griffin when asked about the specific allegation that Milley secretly denied Trump the ability to launch nuclear weapons. attempted, then published a claim in the new book co-written by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Bob Costa. “But I don’t see anything in what I’ve read that should cause any concern.”


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“It is entirely appropriate for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as both the secretary and the president’s senior military adviser to review the protocols that he intends to do frequently,” Kirby said.

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Kirby also declined to respond specifically to another allegation in the book, which claimed that Milley had secretly told the Chinese military that if the United States were to launch a strike against him, Then he will tell them.

“What I’ve seen is the same reporting you’ve seen Jane,” Kirby said. “I can’t speak to the specifics of the conversation.”

Later at the briefing, another reporter pressed Kirby on why he was not completely denying such a “serious allegation.”

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“It’s not that I’m not going to deny it, I’m going to refuse to speak to the specific anecdotes in this book, I’m not in a position to do that,” Kirby explained.

Kirby declined to say whether the Pentagon would release a transcript of the call, similar to a transcript of a phone call with Ukraine’s president, which the Trump administration released in response to public outcry.

“I’m certainly not going to sign up to release transcripts of conversations that happened before we took office,” Kirby said. “I just can’t do that.”

Christopher Miller, the former Acting Secretary of Defense, who led pentagon From the period following the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, he said he had “never authorized and will never authorize” to make “secret” calls with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. Sugar Equivalent, describing the charges as “outrageous and unprecedented acts of defiance” and calling for him to resign “immediately”.

Former President Trump said That although he is not sure whether these reports are true or not, if the alleged action turns out to be true, that would constitute sedition.

A reporter used the word “treason” when asking Kirby a question during Wednesday’s briefing, prompting a dismissive “oh my goodness” response and remarks from a Pentagon spokesman.

A spokesperson for Miley defended allegations of “secret” calls 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.

“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.”

President Biden Defending Milley on Wednesday, he said he had “a lot of trust” in him. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden has “worked side by side with President Milley for nearly eight months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs and his experience with him has been that he is a patriot.”

Granthshala News’ Brooke Singman and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report