Update (3:41 p.m.): Fox News is reporting Former acting Secretary of Defense Miller “did not and would not ever authorize” Gen. Milley to have “secret” calls with China, describing the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and calling on him to resign “immediately.”
General Mark Milley spokesman Col. Dave Butler confirmed calls to his China counterparts but states they were “in keeping with his duties” and “conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability,” in a new statement:
“Milley asked permission from acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller before making the call [to the Chinese], said one former senior defense official, who was in the room for the meeting,” reports Politico. “Milley also briefed the secretary’s office after the call, the former official said.”
Millions of Americans are joining two high profile senators demanding Miley be removed from office of Joints Chief of Staff.
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.Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
Sen. Marco Rubio also called for White House Resident Joe Biden to fire Milley in a letter charging that he undermined the former Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces by planning to commit treason. Rubio wrote:
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 judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately