Former Sec of Def Miller says he did not approve calls to China defense chief; says Milley should resign
(Worthy News) – The former Pentagon chief on Wednesday said he did not authorize Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to directly contact China’s top military commander – contrary to Milley’s claims that his conversations with Beijing were approved by defense officials.
Christopher Miller, who was Donald Tump’s acting Secretary of Defense at the time of the calls, said he “did not and would not ever authorize” the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to hold “secret” conversations with the Chinese defense chief. In a statement to Fox News, Miller said the alleged calls were a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination.” Miller added that the chairman should resign “immediately.”
Milley acknowledged in a Wednesday statement that he made the calls, describing them as both standard procedure and above board, claiming that they were consistent with his duties to convey “reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.” The alleged reassurances were to assuage Chinese fears about America’s stability, according to reports. [ Source: Just the News (Read More…) ]
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley “could have started an accidental nuclear war” if he indeed made unauthorized phone calls to China in the final weeks of the Trump presidency to assure Beijing that the U.S. would not attack the country.
“If I were president, I would sit him down immediately and have him take a polygraph test and ask him, ‘What did you say to the Chinese?'” Paul, a Kentucky lawmaker, said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. [ Source: Just the News (Read More…) ]