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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Milli said that calling the Chinese general was “fully” within the scope of his job responsibilities

On Friday, Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced calls for resignation or investigation and defended two phone calls he allegedly secretly made to his counterparts in the Chinese Communist Party.

According to an excerpt from a document, the general contacted General Li Zuocheng of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army a few days before the November 2020 election and two days after the Capitol building was breached on January 6, to assure the Chinese army that they would not launch an attack. Books published this week.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Supreme General Milly described the two calls as “routine business” and claimed that they did so “to reassure allies and opponents in this situation to ensure strategic stability.” In an interview with the news agency, he only made a brief comment on his two phone calls with Lee and stated that he will discuss his phone call in front of Congress later this month, when he and the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin Both plan to testify.

“I think it’s best to keep my comments in the records until I do so in front of legislators who have the legal responsibility to oversee the U.S. military,” Milly told The Associated Press. “I will discuss any details Congress wants to discuss in a few weeks.”

But he added that these calls are “fully within the scope of his duties.”

According to the book written by reporter Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, Milly allegedly told Lee, “If we are going to attack, I will call you in advance. This will not be a surprise.” The call raised questions about whether he was undermining the authority of then President Donald Trump.

On August 16, 2016, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng (left) and Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milli (middle) reviewed the guard of honor at the welcome ceremony held in Beijing Bayi Building. (Mark Schiefelbein/AFP via Getty Images)

The book stated that Milly made these calls because he feared that Trump would take military action in the days when the presidency was about to end. Trump did not. Christopher Miller, the former acting secretary of defense, told Fox News that Milly’s so-called call was not authorized by him, and then said that the general should resign.

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Trump said that if the report about Millie’s phone call is true, the general should be charged with treason. The former president also severely criticized the chaos and hasty withdrawal of his troops from Afghanistan, which led to the capture of billions of dollars in military equipment and hardware by the Taliban.

At a press conference earlier this week, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby repeatedly refused to answer specific questions about the phone calls between Li and Millais, describing such conversations between foreign counterparts as routine. The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also stated that President Joe Biden is “fully confident” in Millie’s leadership, implying that the government will not seek his ouster in the near future.

Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesperson for Millai’s office, also defended the calls, saying Millai often communicates with Russian and Chinese generals.

In a statement earlier this week, Butler said: “These dialogues remain essential to increase mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, ease tensions, provide clarity, and avoid unintended consequences or conflict.”

Republicans in Congress asked for an investigation into Millie’s phone calls, and some asked him to resign. Some members of the media also called for his removal.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of Defense for comment.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York.

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