WASHINGTON – A senior defense official said on Tuesday that due to concerns about Donald Trump’s behavior in his last few weeks as president, the top US military official called his Chinese counterpart twice to reassure him that the two countries will not Suddenly started war. Described in an excerpt from an upcoming book.
Mark Milli, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told General Li Zuocheng of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army that the United States will not strike. One call took place on October 30, 2020, four days before the election that defeated Trump. The second call was on January 8, 2021, just two days after supporters of the outgoing CEO rebelled in the U.S. Capitol.
Trump said that if the report is true, Millai should be tried for treason.
According to the book “Danger” written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milly even promised Lee that he would warn his opponent if the United States launched an attack. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the book. The Washington Post first reported the details of the book on Tuesday, and the book will be released next week.
“General Lee, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything will be fine,” Milly told him in the first phone call, based on the book. “We will not attack you or carry out any kinetic actions.”
“If we are going to attack, I will call you in advance. According to reports, Milly said, this will not come as a surprise.
According to defense officials, the two messages Millai gave to Li were guarantees. The official questioned Millai’s suggestion to tell Li that he would call him first, instead saying that the chairman pointed out that the United States would not suddenly attack China without warning—whether through diplomatic, administrative or military channels.
In the days following the riots on January 6, Millay also talked to other defense ministers around the world, including military leaders from the United Kingdom, Russia, and Pakistan. The January reading of these calls referred to “several” other colleagues he talked with, who used similar information to ensure that the US government was strong and under control.
The second call was to appease Chinese people’s concerns about the January 6th incident. But the book reported that even after Milli promised him: “After we are 100% stable, Li is not so easy to be calmed down.” Everything is fine. But democracy is sometimes sloppy. “
Trump issued a severely worded statement on Tuesday, denouncing Milli as a “dumb” and insisting that he never considered attacking China.
However, he stated that if the report is true, “I think he will be tried for treason because he will deal with his Chinese counterparts behind the president and tell China that he will notify them of the’attack’.’You can’t do that!”
“Action should be taken against Millie immediately,” Trump said.
According to officials, Millay believed that the president had fallen in spirit after the election and agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in their January 8 call.
Pelosi had previously stated that she had talked with Millie about “available precautions” that day to prevent Trump from launching military operations or ordering a nuclear launch. She told colleagues that she had received no specific assurance that long-term safeguards were in place. .
According to the book, Milli called the admiral of the US Indo-Pacific Command, the military unit in charge of the Asia-Pacific region, and suggested that the upcoming military exercise be postponed. According to the book, he also asked senior officials to swear that if Trump orders the launch of nuclear weapons, Millay must participate in it.
Officials in January and Tuesday confirmed that Millay had a conversation with Pelosi when the Speaker of the House of Representatives made it public. Officials said the two talked about existing and long-standing safeguards during the nuclear strike. An official said on Tuesday that Millai’s intention to discuss the process with his staff and commanders was not to subvert the president or his power, but to reiterate the procedures and ensure that everyone understands them.
It is not clear which military exercises (if any) were actually postponed. But defense officials said the military is more likely to postpone planned operations, such as the freedom of navigation for US Navy ships in the Pacific. Defense officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Milly was appointed by Trump in 2018, and later after federal law enforcement cleaned up the peaceful protesters park near the White House, he expressed regret for participating in a photo with Trump in June 2020, which aroused the president’s anger. .
In response to the book, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday, urging him to fire Milly, saying that the general is committed to “actively weakening the current commander-in-chief.”
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, called the report “deeply worrying,” and told reporters at the Capitol, “I think the first step is for General Milly to answer questions about what he said.”
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois stated that he was not worried that Milly might go beyond his powers. He told reporters that Democratic lawmakers “are cautious in our language, but many of us have made it clear that we Count on him to avoid us knowing that disasters can happen at any time.”
A spokesperson for the Joint Staff declined to comment.
After Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and filled several senior positions with temporary public officials loyal to him, Milly issued a second warning to Beijing.
The book also provides new insights into Trump’s efforts to maintain power in the election loss to Biden.
Trump refused to admit and provided false claims that the election was stolen. He repeatedly urged his Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the results of the election held in the Capitol on January 6, which was later interrupted by the mob.
The book states that Pence called former Vice President Dan Quill, a Republican of Indiana, to see if he had any way to acquiesce to Trump’s request. Quill said absolutely not.
“Mike, you have no flexibility in this area. Nothing. Zero. Forget it. Put it away,” Quill said based on the book.
Pence finally agreed. He defied Trump to confirm Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump is very upset.
“If you don’t do this, I don’t want to be your friend anymore,” Trump replied, according to the book, and later told his vice president: “You betrayed us. I made you. You have nothing. no.”
“Dangerous” describes Trump’s tireless efforts to convince Attorney General William Barr that the election was stolen. Quoting Barr to tell Trump, “As you know, the Department of Justice cannot favor either side between you and another candidate.” According to the book, Barr has determined that the allegations of manipulation of the voting machine “have not been confirmed.” “. Barr also expressed disgust at Rudolph Giuliani and others who insisted on Trump’s victory, calling them “clown cars.”
Associated Press writers Hillel Italie and Lisa Mascaro and Lolita Baldor in New York reported.