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During his White House event, Biden assessed Milley’s claims that he had twice assured Chinese Chief of Staff Li Zuocheng of his concerns that “Trump may declare war on China in the past. last weeks of his term to remain in the presidency ”.
Biden, on the subject, “I have complete confidence in General Milley.” used the expression.
WHITE HOME SUPPORTS MILEY, DOWNLOADED AT TRUMP
On the other hand, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki assessed the allegations and the call by some Republican congressmen for Milley’s resignation during her daily press conference.
When asked if US President Joe Biden would welcome Milley’s resignation after the allegations, Psaki said, “Biden knows Milley, who was chief of staff for about 8 months during his tenure, and they worked side by side on many international issues. He has full confidence in his leadership, his patriotism and his loyalty to the constitution. ”Commented.
Psaki blamed former US President Trump on Milley’s alleged speech, saying, “It is necessary to consider the context of the time when the speech is said to have been made. The former President of the United States (Donald Trump) has created unrest at that time, leading to an uprising and an attack on our country’s Congress. ”At that time it was the darkest times in the country. At the time, many members of the national security team questioned the president’s stability, mobility and suitability for office. ”
Asked about Trump’s comment that Milley’s phone call would be a “betrayal” if it was real, Psaki said: “I have no response to the former president other than to highlight the context of the time. ” gave the answer.
Regarding Milley’s interpretation of Milley’s speech as “unconstitutional” by some Republican members of Congress, Psaki said: “President Biden does not need the advice of those who did not oppose the instigation of a riot by Trump at the time. ” made his assessment.
Stressing that the chief of staff can take appropriate action if he sees a threat to the homeland, Psaki said Milley has the power to use many means to communicate with China.
PENTAGON RESPONSE TO CLAIMS
On the other hand, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) responded to the allegations of the meeting.
In a written statement, US Chiefs of Staff Spokesman Dave Butler said: “The Chief of Staff regularly meets with his counterparts from around the world, including China and Russia. . These talks are very important for mutual understanding of US national security interests, reducing tensions. , and prevent unwanted consequences or conflicts. is important. used the expression.
Noting that Milley’s meetings in October 2020 and January 2021 are also part of these duties and responsibilities, Butler said: “All meetings of the Chief of Staff, including those which are the subject of the allegations, are coordinated and communicated with the Pentagon and other agencies. ”shared his knowledge.
WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS IN THE BOOK?
In some leaked parts of the forthcoming book, titled “Danger,” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley called out his Chinese counterpart Li twice, on October 30, 2020 and January 8, 2021, and both states . that he said they would not allow war to break out between them.
“I assure you, General Li, that the US government is stable and everything will be fine. We will not attack you or carry out any kinetic operations against you,” says the book, in which Milley allegedly promised at his first meeting that he would warn his counterpart in advance in the event of an attack. mentioned. “statement was included.
In the book in question, it was noted that the meeting held on January 8, after supporters of former President Trump stormed the Congress building on January 6, was intended to allay China’s fears. on Congress events.
At this meeting, Milley told Li, “We are one hundred percent stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be so sloppy. had been suggested.
It was also claimed in the book that Milley called the admiral who oversees the U.S. Indo-Pacific command in charge of the Asia and Pacific region and recommended that he postpone some military exercises.
In the same book, Milley reportedly asked senior officials to “take an oath” to ensure that if Trump ordered the use of nuclear weapons, he would be involved.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said that after the events of January 6, she spoke with Milley about “existing measures” to prevent Trump from going to war or ordering nuclear weapons. , and he received assurances about it.
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