The former president said Tuesday that General Mark Milley committed “treason” for allegedly contacting Chinese military officials during the previous Trump administration.
Donald Trump, speaking to the conservative news channel Newsmax, said that “if this is really true, it’s hard to believe that he would have called China and done these things and asked them to do the attack or give advice before the attack.” Were ready for… this is treason”.
General Milley, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made secret plans to stop Mr Trump from misusing nuclear weapons, claimed riskhandjob by a new book Washington Post Editor Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa.
According to the book, the general twice called his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zhuocheng, that Mr Trump might wage war with China.
He made the first call on 30 October 2020, four days before the presidential election, and the second on 8 January, two days after the siege of Capitol Hill by Trump supporters.
The book suggested that General Milley was thoroughly disturbed by the attack on the Capitol and that he was “certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline after the election, with Trump now all frantic, yelling at officials and his Were building an alternate reality about endless electoral conspiracies”.
The book said he assured his Chinese counterpart that the US was not going to attack China and that if there was an attack, he would alert General Li ahead of time.
General Milley was promoted to the top military rank by Mr Trump in 2018. However, he was quick to criticize the former president after he lost to Joe Biden in November 2020.
According to reports, the general was prompted to contact the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in January when Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi asked him about security measures to prevent the “unstable president” from launching nuclear strikes. was asked about.
“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy,” Ms. Pelosi told General Milley in a tense phone call, Washington Post informed of.
“Madam President, I agree with you on everything,” the general is said to have agreed.
He then reportedly hosted a secret meeting at the Pentagon on January 8 to review the process for launching military action, including the launch of nuclear weapons.
General Milley told the officers in charge of the war room not to obey orders unless he was involved. “No matter what you are told, you process. You process. And I am part of that process,” the general reportedly told officials according to the book.
risk Its publisher says it was based on more than 200 interviews with witnesses as well as people who had directly participated in the events covered. This book is going to be released next week.
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