US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called in General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on October 30, 2020 – four days before the election – and again on January 8, two days after that Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. , reports the newspaper. Milley made the comments on Tuesday.
In appeals, Milley sought to assure Li that the United States was stable and was not going to attack and if there was to be an attack, he would alert his counterpart in advance, according to the report.
The report was based on Peril, a new book by reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which they said was based on interviews with 200 sources and is due for release next week.
Milley has also reportedly discussed with other senior officials, including then-CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Security Agency chief Paul Nakasone, the need to be vigilant in the face of fears that Trump may act irrationally.
Haspel reportedly said they were in a “very dangerous situation”.
“Some might argue that Milley overstepped his authority and seized extraordinary power,” the authors wrote.
Trump, in a statement, questioned the story, calling it “fabricated.” He said if the story was true, Milley should stand trial for treason.
“For the record, I never even thought of attacking China,” Trump said.
Milley’s office declined to comment.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio called on President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to immediately fire Milley.
“I don’t need to tell you about the dangers posed by senior military officers leaking classified information about US military operations, but I will stress that such subversion undermines the president’s ability to negotiate and fire. party of one of this nation’s instruments of national power in its interactions with foreign nations, ”Rubio said in a letter to Biden.
Asked about the Washington Post report, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment and referred the questions to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense.
Trump, a Republican, appointed Milley to the highest military post in 2018, but began to criticize him, along with other appointees and former staff, after losing the presidential election to Biden in November 2020.
The Post reported that Milley was motivated to contact Beijing for the second time in part because of a Jan.8 call with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who asked the general about the safeguards in place to prevent an “unstable president” from dropping a nuclear bomb. to hit.
” He is crazy. You know he’s crazy, ”Pelosi told Milley, the newspaper reported, citing a transcript of the call.
According to the quoted call transcript, the general replied, “I agree with you on everything. ”