Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley didn’t tell then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien about his calls with China’s military during the final months of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report.
Pompeo and O’Brien also were unaware of any intelligence that China might suspect a Trump-ordered US attack, as was reportedly the reason for unusual assurances conveyed by Milley, Fox News reports.
Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, allegedly told his Chinese counterpart that he would provide a heads-up if Trump ordered an attack on China.
“If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley allegedly told Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on Oct. 30, which critics called a stunning move that undermines civilian control of the military.
Milley called again on Jan. 8, two days after a wild mob stormed the US Capitol to disrupt certification of President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. The calls are described in a book due for release next week by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
Biden on Wednesday stood by Milley, saying “I have great confidence in General Milley,” and the general’s office said in a statement that Milley “regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia.”
“His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strat… (Read more)