To reassure the top leader of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), General Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, strongly defended his two telephone calls in October, 2020 and January, 2021, which the then President Donald Trump did not have. The desire to launch a military strike in Beijing.
“My allegiance to this nation, its people and the Constitution has not changed and will not change as long as I hold my breath,” Millie said in an opening remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee. A report about two calls sent by a story in The Washington Post quoting a quote from the book “Peril”.
“My allegiance is absolute … and I have been in regular contact with my counterpart, General Lee [Zuocheng], With knowledge and coordination of civilian supervision. I have been specifically instructed to communicate with the Chinese through defense guidelines, policy dialogue methods. These military-to-military contacts are critical to the security of the United States in order to prevent a deterioration of the military situation, a crisis, and a war between the world’s most powerful armed forces.
“The calls for October 30 and January 8 were coordinated with the Secretary before and after [of Defense Mark] Asper, acting secretary [of Defense Christopher] Miller’s staff, and inter-agency. Specific purpose of October Jan0 and January calls [was] Emerging about intelligence that made us believe that the Chinese were worried about the US attack on them.
Millie paused at that point before addressing the committee again.
“I know and I am convinced that President Trump did not want to attack the Chinese, and that it was my responsibility, as instructed by the Secretary of Defense, to convey that intention to China,” he said. “My job at the time was to calm down, my message again was‘ stay calm, stay calm, and degrade. We are not going to attack you.
Millie’s announcement before a Senate panel on Sept. 28 contradicts what Woodward and Costa called the Chinese general in their book.
The headline of the piece, published in The Washington Post on Sept. 1, announced, “The top general was so horrified that Trump could start a war that made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, the book says.”
According to reports, Millie told General Lee that he “wanted to reassure you that the American government was stable and that everything would be fine” and that the United States was “not going to carry out any attacks or actions against you.” ”
“General Lee, you and I have known each other for five years,” he said, according to the book. “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. This is not surprising. ”
Towards the afternoon of the hearing, tensions escalated when Sen Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) asked Mili: “Do you think that if the Chinese Communist Party decides to invade Taiwan, will their military leadership call you out? ”
Millie replied sternly.
Millie said, “I think there will be increased excitement, hints and warnings and I think there will be an exchange of different contacts at all levels.”
But Sullivan interrupted Millie.
“Do you really think the head of the Chinese Communist Party, the PLA, would call and say, ‘Hey, General, we’re getting ready to invade Taiwan, just thought I’d raise your head?’ Do you honestly think so? ”Sullivan asked.
“I’ll call him and ask … I think the Taiwan invasion will be a fairly clear matter,” Millie said.
Sullivan replied that he believed that if the PLA’s top general called Millie, “he would be shot.”
Sullivan then challenged Millie to explain the clear discrepancy between telling her committee before she heard it that she did not think Trump had any intention of invading China and that what was said in the Woodward and Costa books was described.
“Tell me what I actually said,” Millie said. “What I said was, ‘If war is going to happen, there will be a lot of calls and tensions ahead of time and you’re going to get it’ … I was contacting my Chinese counterpart inst instantly, I can add De to calm the situation, and I told him, ‘We’re not going to attack. President Trump has no intention of attacking.
“If there’s going to be an attack, your intelligence will probably accept it. Everyone will call you. I’ll probably call you and tell you we’re not going to attack you. Just settle down, it’s not going to happen.” And I’ve done it twice. “
“If you give them their heads,” Sullivan said, Millie denied she did. But the exchange was closed by committee chairman Sen. Jack Reid (DR.I.).
Millie was then asked by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Point-Blank if he would give an early warning to the PLA chief of an actual U.S. attack under a president.
“Of course I won’t,” Millie said.
Sen. Millie agreed to give that material.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten.) Released a statement to reporters during the hearing.
In the statement, he said General Mark Millie spent hours after hours of his arrogant self-promotion with reporters instead of doing his job.
Millie has denied leaking the information to reporters.
Democratic members of the committee did not come forward to defend Mili about calling China during the hearing.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times