— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) September 15, 2021
General Mark Milley (left), the United States’ highest-ranking military officer, with former President Trump
Last night/this morning.
United States General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is facing accusations of treason.
Calls for Milley’s ouster stem from a Washington Post article yesterday about two phone calls the general reportedly made to General Li Zuocheng of China on October 30, 2020, and January 8, 2021.
According to the article, Milley wanted to reassure Li that the U.S. was not going to attack China amid concerns about former President Donald Trump. He told Li he would inform him if there were to be an attack.
The second call was prompted in part by Milley’s call with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on January 8, when she expressed concern about Trump’s mental state. She told Milley: “You know he’s crazy.”
“I agree with you on everything,” Milley said, according to a transcript cited by the Post.
Former US President Donald Trump dismissed as “fake news” a new book saying General Mark Milley secretly warned China of a possible attack, but he said such a betrayal would have merited a treason charge against the officer.
“If the story of dumbass General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in US history… is true, then I assume he would be tried for treason,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. He noted that the general would have been giving Beijing notification of an attack, if the report were true. “Can’t do that,” he said.