The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees on Tuesday defended calling his Chinese counterpart within the final weeks of the Trump administration as a part of his tasks — including that he was “certain” former President Donald Trump didn’t intend to launch an assault on China.
Gen. Mark Milley confirmed throughout a Senate Armed Service Committee listening to that he known as Gen. Li Zuocheng of the Individuals’s Liberation Military twice — as soon as on Oct. 30 earlier than the presidential election and as soon as on Jan. 8, two days after the Capitol riot.
“Peril,” the brand new e book by Washington Submit reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, claimed Milley reached out to Li to guarantee him that Trump was not planning on launching an assault, and that he would warn China if that had been the case.
Milley informed the senators that the calls to China had been made after the Division of Protection picked up intelligence main them to “believe the Chinese were worried about an attack on them by the United States.”
“I know, I am certain, that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese, and it was my direct responsibility by the secretary to convey that intent to the Chinese,” Milley stated.
The chairman additionally stated different members of the Trump administration had been conscious of these calls to Li.
Eight folks sat in his name in October and 11 sat in on the January name.
“I personally informed both Secretary of State Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff Meadows about the call among other topics. Soon after that, I attended a meeting with Acting [Defense] Secretary Miller, where I briefed him on the call,” Milley stated of the January name.
He stated his calls to Li, like different conversations with army officers all over the world, are wanted to “deconflict military actions, manage crises, and prevent war between great powers that are armed with the world’s most deadliest weapons.”
Milley additionally acknowledged that he spoke to a number of authors of books concerning the Trump administration.
He informed Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) that he talked to Woodward for “Peril,” Carol Leonnig and Philip Ruck for “I Alone Can Fix It,” and Michael Bender for “Frankly We Did Win This Election.”
“Were you accurately represented?” Blackburn requested.
“I haven’t read any of the books, so I don’t know,” he replied.