General Mark Milley is in hot water.
Details have recently emerged alleging that General Milley had secretive calls with China during his tenure under President Donald Trump.
Milley was allegedly so concerned that President Trump would “go rogue” and start a war with China, that he undermined the president’s authority by having these phone calls and assured Chinese officials that the United States would not strike against them.
Allegedly, Milley even told the Chinese that he would warn them if a strike was ever imminent.
There are now a massive number of politicians, media members, and Americans calling for Milley to step down or be terminated.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 14, 2021
If you missed it, here’s the inside scoop on Milley’s secret calls with China from the Daily Wire:
In their new book, “Peril,” journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claim that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so concerned that then-President Donald Trump would “go rogue” and “spark a war with China” that he made a “pair of secret phone calls” to his counterpoint in China, per The Washington Post.
“Woodward and Costa write that after January 6, Milley ‘felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump and believed it was his job as the senior military officer to think the unthinkable and take any and all necessary precautions,’” according to a CNN writeup on the same report, that added that Milley thought Trump might “wag the dog” — provoke “a conflict domestically or abroad to distract from his crushing election loss.”
Milley was so fearful of Trump attacking China, the Post notes, that he appears to have undermined the Trump administration and communicated directly with Chinese officials.
“In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike,” the pair of reporters noted. ‘One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege carried out by his supporters in a quest to cancel the vote.”
Shockingly, according to Woodward and Costa, it seems Milley communicated sensitive information to a Chinese general and even suggested that he would warn China ahead of time if he discovered that Trump planned to attack.
The first call was prompted by Milley’s review of intelligence suggesting the Chinese believed the United States was preparing to attack. That belief, the authors write, was based on tensions over military exercises in the South China Sea, and deepened by Trump’s belligerent rhetoric toward China.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told him. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
President Trump responded to the allegations against Milley:
BREAKING: Trump on Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Milley allegedly warning China of an attack:
"If it is actually true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them in advance of an attack, that's treason" pic.twitter.com/ngUgEoKsGb
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 14, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: General Milley undermined Trump, told China HE WOULD WARN THEM if US would attack…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 14, 2021
How many off-line calls did Milley have with China when Trump was in office? We know China has all the transcripts; and our IC has them as well. Release the transcripts.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 15, 2021
Milley doesn’t even deny that he’s being accused of according to his released statement:
Here’s Milley’s statement. He denies nothing. pic.twitter.com/zlIBDr4gvv
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) September 15, 2021
The calls for his resignation are intensifying.
This isn't even remotely close to a denial from Milley…it's basically a full throttle defense of his potentially treasonous actions.
He needs to be removed. https://t.co/nVDJcGVvZ3
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 15, 2021
General Milley needs to answer questions immediately—under oath—about whether he subverted a sitting President of the United States and colluded with an adversary. Not tomorrow. Not eventually. Immediately.
If it’s true, firings and resignations should be just the start.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) September 15, 2021
Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 15, 2021
Mark Levin absolutely torched General Milley while on Sean Hannity’s show.
This is a must watch:
Mark Levin absolutely NUKES General Milley and the media in one epic rant🔥
This one is glorious. WATCH. pic.twitter.com/c7Q8gGXytw
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 15, 2021
"Trump Acting Defense Sec. Miller says he 'did not' authorize Milley China calls, says he should resign" ⬇️https://t.co/ktxg17YTZu
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 15, 2021
Christopher Miller, who was President Trump’s acting Defense Secretary, said that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Milley to have secretive conversations with the Chinese.
Miller called these allegations a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and immediately called for Milley to resign.
More on Miller’s comments from Fox News:
Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, said that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to have “secret” calls with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and calling on him to resign “immediately.”
In a statement to Fox News, Miller said that the United States Armed Forces, from its inception, has “operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military.”
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said. “The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”
Miller went on to reference the allegations, which are included in the book “Peril,” co-written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that Milley made two secret phone calls, both to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place prior to the 2020 presidential election, on Oct. 30, 2020, and then two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Jan. 8, 2021.
The book claims Milley contacted Li after he had reviewed intelligence that suggested Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack on China amid military exercises in the South China Sea. The authors of the book also claim Milley contacted Li a second time to reassure him that the U.S. would not make any type of advances or attack China in any form, as Milley promised, “We are 100% steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.”
But Fox News spoke with multiple individuals who were in the room during the two phone calls Milley had with Li. The calls, in October, were coordinated with then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s office.
“They were not secret,” a U.S. official told Fox News about the calls, which took place over video teleconference.
Fox News has learned there were about 15 people present for the calls. Sources told Fox News that there were multiple notetakers present, and said the calls were both conducted with full knowledge of then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper and then-acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller – something Miller denied.
“If the reporting in Woodward’s book is accurate, it represents a disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination by the Nation’s top military officer,” Miller said, adding that if the story of Milley’s “histrionic outbursts and unsanctioned, anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately or be fired by the Secretary of Defense to guarantee the sanctity of the officer corps.”
“Pursuit of partisan politics and individual self-interests are a violation of an officer’s sacred duty and have no place in the United States military,” Miller said, adding that “a lesser ranking officer accused of such behavior would immediately be relieved of duty pending a thorough and independent investigation.”
“As secretary of defense, I did not and would not ever authorize such conduct,” Miller said.
Miller went on to explain that “the reason” he agreed to serve as former President Trump’s Secretary of Defense was “because of his commitment to our service members, veterans and their families and his focus on ending our involvement in overseas operations that lacked strategic coherence.”
“Any accusations that President Trump was intent on starting a war with China are completely unfounded,” Miller said. “President Trump absolutely believed and advocated for a more aggressive approach to China, but he was elected to end our Nation’s wars, not start new ones. I was proud to play a small role in achieving those goals.”
Miller added: “I look forward to a full, non-partisan investigation of the accusations made by Woodward to guarantee that the genius of our Founders and following generations that established a system and culture of the subservience of our military – the most powerful force in our Nation – to civilian control endures.”
And former chief of staff for the Department of Defense Kash Patel told Fox News that “the law governing the Joint Chiefs of Staff specifically forbids the chairman from exercising any operational command authority.”
“Congress put this in the statute because the U.S. military is to be led by a civilian, the commander-in-chief,” Patel continued. “Furthermore, by law, the national command authority goes from the president to the secretary of Defense to include anything relating troop deployments, operations in theaters of war, and nuclear command.”
Patel added that if the calls with China are true, Milley “has violated the law regarding operational authority.”
“Calling a foreign counterpart and discussing operational capabilities against that enemy is literally treasonous,” Patel said. “The White House, nor the Office of the Secretary of Defense authorized the chairman to conduct any calls with Chinese officials regarding operations.”
As for where Joe Biden sits on all this…
BIDEN: "I have great confidence in General Milley" pic.twitter.com/WAj4vIKrtM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 15, 2021
Biden says that he has “great confidence” in Milley.
Biden’s response has not been well received
The White House thinks Mark Milley is a patriot and they're proud of what he did. That tells you everything you need to know about the current Regime.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 15, 2021
Dems impeached Trump for a nothing phone call with the Ukrainian President. And yet these same people are suddenly mute about Milley.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 15, 2021
Milley, Facui, Blinken, Austin, and BIDEN – all need to RESIGN! Our freedom depends on it!!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) September 14, 2021