It was just yesterday that beleaguered General Mark Milley testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee along with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
It was here that the General justified his reasoning, such as it was, in committing treason by teaming up with China and standing against then-President Donald Trump.
As The Daily Wire reports, Earlier this month, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reported in their book “Peril” that Milley had made two “secret” phone calls to his Chinese counterpart during the final months of the Trump administration. Milley reportedly promised Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that Milley would send a warning should Trump order a preemptive strike on the Chinese.
Milley contested parts of the story. He said that he coordinated the calls with former Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former acting Secretary Chris Miller’s staffs. Milley asserted that he made the calls to “de-escalate” and reassure the Chinese, who had gained bad intelligence of a possible U.S. strike, and not to undermine then-President Trump.
Esper defended Milley’s conduct amid the backlash and calls to resign sparked by the reporting in “Peril.” Miller denied ever being made aware about Milley’s second call to China in January.”
Read what Milley had to say in his written testimony:
The calls on 30 October and 8 January were coordinated before and after with Secretary Esper and Acting Secretary Miller’s staffs and the interagency. The specific purpose of the October and January calls was generated by concerning intelligence which caused us to believe the Chinese were worried about an imminent attack by the U.S.
I know, I am certain, President Trump did not intend on attacking the Chinese and it is my directed responsibility – to convey presidential orders and intent. My job at that time was to de-escalate. My message again was consistent: calm, steady, deescalate. We are not going to attack you.
At Secretary of Defense Esper’s direction, I made a call to General Li on 30 October. Eight people sat in the call with me, and I read out the call within about 30 minutes of the call ending.
On 31 December, the Chinese requested a call with me. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Pacific Policy helped coordinate my call which was scheduled for 8 January. 11 people attended the call with me. Read-outs of this call were distributed to the interagency that same day.
Shortly after my call ended with General Li, I 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 Secretary Miller where I briefed him on the call.