U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is breaking his silence after the scandalous revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book. Through a spokesman, Milley denied all the story and the charges coming fast and furious from the GOP.
Col. Dave Butler said: “The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia.
“These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.
“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 strategic stability.
“All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.
“Also in keeping with his responsibilities as senior military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, General Milley frequently conducts meetings with uniformed leaders across the Services to ensure all leaders are aware of current issues.
“The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.
“General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.”
Rand Paul said:
“I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country.
“He should be court martialed if true.
“Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.”
Marco Rubio said:
“I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgment, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately.”
NEW statement from Milley spokesman Col. Dave Butler:— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 15, 2021
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia…"
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