Top Republicans began calling for the scalp of the country’s top military officer on Tuesday over reports that he bypassed the then president Trump by calming China on the President of the United States and his ability to undermine him.
Mr. Trump issued a statement on Tuesday night that Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, may have committed treason if, as reported, he told his Chinese equivalent that the United States did not plan a surprise attack and in that case the general himself would sabotage the attack.
“About the story of” Dumbass “General Mark Milley … is true, then I guess he would be tried for TREASON in it he would have handled his Chinese equivalent behind the president’s back and narrative China that he would notify them “of an attack”. Can not do it! “Sir. Trump sa.
The top Republican in the Senate Intelligence Committee did not go as far as the T-word.
But Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican in Florida, really said that if the accounts in “Peril,” a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa from the Washington Post, are true, Gen. Milley should resign.
“Such an undermining undermines the President’s ability to negotiate and exploit one of the nation’s national instruments of power in his interactions with foreign nations “, Rubio wrote on Tuesday in a letter to President Biden.
“A senior military officer disrupting the civilian-controlled process is simply unacceptable at best and at worst would cause confusion that could lead to war,” said Rubio, who also sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Gene. Milley himself had no comment Tuesday.
In “Peril”, Woodward and Costa report that the general walked around a president he considered irregular in assuring Chinese officials, especially twice about calling General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on election day and January 1. 6 Capitol riots.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and that everything will be fine,” said Gen. Milley reported to General Li in November. “We will not attack or perform any kinetic operations on you.”
“General Li, you and I have known each other for five years now. If we ever attack, I’ll call you in advance. It will not be a surprise “, it is said in the book.
“The good news is that the story is Fake News summarized by a weak and ineffective general along with two writers I refused to give an interview to because they write fiction, not facts,” he said and continued to ridicule Gen. Milley across the Middle East.
“For the record,” said Mr. Trump added: “I have never even thought about attacking China and China know that. The people who made the story are sick and demented, and those who print it are just as bad. ”
• Mike Glenn contributed to this report.