Former President Donald Trump called the leader of the world’s strongest military “a weak sister.”
President Trump blasted General Mark Milley after learning the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff phoned his Chinese counterpart. General Milley told he would give a warning if Trump were planning a military strike.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman told Congress Tuesday he made two calls to General Li Zuocheng, of the People’s Liberation Army, to assure China the US was not about to suddenly go to war with them.
“I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese,” Milley testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It was my directed responsibility by the secretary to convey that intent to the Chinese.”
Speaking during a segment on the Fox News show Spicer & Co. Trump expressed outrage over Milley’s calls.
“He would have called China and was willing to advise them of an attack, or in advance of an attack,” Trump said. “That’s treason.”
Trump told KTTH host Jason Rantz China was more concerned about his economic impact, so there was no reason for Milley to get involved.
“China was very concerned about what I was doing economically and nobody has to get in and say, ‘Oh, don’t worry about things, things will be just fine,'” Trump told Rantz. “Not good; not appropriate.”
The former president spoke dismissively of the Joint Chiefs chairman, saying Milley was afraid to come to him and talk. “He was a weak sister, I found that out,” said Trump, adding, “He was a weak man.”
A soon-to-be-released novel, “Peril,” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa brought the calls to light when excerpts of interviews with Milley were released.
“General Li, you and I have know each other for five years now. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time,” Milley said, according to the book’s authors. “It’s not going to be a surprise.”
Chris Miller who served as Trump’s Secretary of Defense said, “As secretary of defense, I did not and would not ever authorize such conduct.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) have called for Milley’s resignation. A tweet from the whistleblower whose testimony led to Trump’s impeachment also believes calling an enemy’s leader behind the President’s back should not be tolerated.
“If this is true, General Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command and violated the sacrosant principle of civilian control over the military,” said Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, USA-Ret., in post to his Twitter account. “It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.”
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