WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - The office of the highest American general on Wednesday rejected a report in a new book according to which he had toured the country. the civilian leaders ofmake secret calls to his Chinese counterpart about concerns about then-President Donald Trump.
According to excerpts from the book, the general Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretly called People's Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng twice to tell him that the United States was stable and was not going to attack and , if there were to be an attack, he would alert her in advance.
The excerpts were reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday . read more
"All calls from the President to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency "said Colonel Dave Butler, spokesman for Milley, ofin a press release.
"General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the legal tradition of civilian control of the army and his oath to the Constitution, "Butler said.
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he had complete confidence in the Milley's leadership.
"I have great faith in General Milley " said Biden.
Butler said 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. "
The book " Peril "by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which they say is based on interviews with 200 sources , is due for release next week.
In a statement Tuesday, Trump saidcalled the story "made ". If that were true, he said, Milley should stand trial for treason.
"For the record, I didn't even never thought of attacking China "said Trump.
Trump, a Republican, named Milley for the highest military post in 2018, but started to criticize him, along with other appointees and former staff, after losing the presidential election to Biden in November 2020.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio called on Biden, a Democrat, to fire Milley immediately.
Congressional advisers told Hfrance.fr that the call de Rubio for Milley 's ouster had little support among Senate Democrats.
According to the Washington Post, the book also says that Milley called senior officers to review proceduresures launching nuclear weapons and told them that if the president alone could give one to use them, he had to be involved.
"La meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed Pentagon leaders along- established and solid procedures in light of media reports on the subject, "Butler said Wednesday. Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Additional reports by Trevor Hunnicutt and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Nick Macfie and Sonya Hepinstall
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