WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) -The top US general did not make any secret calls to China that bypassed civilian government leaders, his office said on Wednesday, a day after excerpts from a book alleging he had secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice over concerns that President Donald Trump could start a war with China.
"All calls from the president counterparts, including those who have been flagged, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Defense Department and the interagency, "said Col. Dave Butler, spokesman for Milley.
"General Milley continues to act and advise within the framework of his authority in the legal tradition of civilian control of the army and his oath to the Constitution ", added Butler.
The White House said Wednesday that President Joe Biden has confidence intale in Milley's leadership.
Excerpts from the book, which were reported by the Washington Post, indicated that in appeals, Milley sought to ensure People's Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng that the United States was stable and was not going to attack and, if there was to be an attack, he would alert his counterpart in advance.
Butler stated that Milley's calls with Chinese and others in October and January were "consistent with these reassured duties and responsibilities in order to maintain strategic stability. "
" Peril, "the book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa which they say is based on interviews with 200 sources, are due for release next week.
Tuesday, Trump, in a statement, casts doubt on the story, calling it of "manufactured ". He said ifthe story was true, Milley should be tried for treason.
"For the record, I never even should attack China " Trump said.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio called on Biden, a Democrat, to immediately fire Milley.
A congressional official told Hfrance.fr that Rubio 's call to oust Milley had little or no support among Senate Democrats and the Senate. 'called partisan noise. Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart. Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball. Editing by Nick Macfie
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