WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - President Joe Biden on Wednesday gave his support to the highest ranking officer in the United States Army, Mark Milley, a day after he left 'a new book said he had done the tor civilian leaders to make secret calls to his Chinese counterpart about concerns about then President Donald Trump.
Milley rebuffed the report in the book, saying the calls he made as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were coordinated within the Pentagon and across the US government.
According to excerpts from the book, Milley secretly called People's Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng twice during the last months of the Trump administration to tell him that the US government was stable. Milley reportedly told Li that the United States was not going to attack China and, if there was to be an attack, he would alert her in advance.
The excerpts were reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. read more
The calls raised concerns that Milley may have subvert civilian control, but Biden defended it on Wednesday.
"I have great faith in General Milley " said Biden.
Col. Dave Butler, spokesman for Milley, said Milley's calls with Chinese officials and others in October and January were in line with his responsibility to "maintain strategic stability.
"All calls from the President to his counterparts, including those reported are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Defense Department and the interagency, "Butler said in a statement." General Milley continues to act and advise within the framework of his authority in the legal tradition of the civilian control of the army and its oath to the Constitution tion. "
He did not directly challenge the report on the content of the appeals.
The Pentagon also strongly supported Milley .
"The secretary has complete and utter confidence in General Milley and in his role as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff " Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters while declining to respond to the book's claims.
The book, "Peril, "reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, who they say draws on interviews with 200 sources, are due for release next week.
In a statement Tuesday, Trump called the story "fabricated". If that were true, he said, Milley should be tried for treason.
"For the record, I didn 't have never even thought of attacking China, "Trump said.
Trump, a Republican, appointed Milley to the top military post in 2018, but began to criticize him, along with other appointees and former staff, after losing the presidential election against Biden in November 2020.
According to the Washington Post, the book also says Milley called in senior officers to review gun launching procedures nuclear weapons and told them that even if the president alone could give the order to use them, he had to be involved.
" The nuclear weapons protocols were intended to remind uniformed Pentagon leaders of the solid and long-established procedures in light of media reports on the subject, "Butler said Wednesday. Report by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Additional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Nick Macfie and Sonya Hepinstall
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