WASHINGTON – General Mark Millie on Tuesday defended calls made to a Chinese official at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, saying other executives were aware of the calls and did not want to “usurp power.”
“The calls on October 30 and January 8 were coordinated back and forth with the Secretary [Mark] Esper and Executive Secretary [Chris] Miller’s staff and communication, “Mille said earlier in a statement Senate Armed Services Committee.
“My work at the time was getting worse,” he said.
Millie said the calls were made to reassure Chinese officials that attacks by the U.S. military would not take place after intelligence officials expressed concern that the Chinese believed such a strike was possible.
“I have not at any time tried to change the process, usurp power or put myself in the chain of command, but I will give my advice and ensure that the President is fully informed,” he said.
The second call came on January 8, two days after a mob attacked US Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Millie said the October call was made in Esper’s direction and was coordinated with Miller’s office at the request of a second Chinese.
In addition, he told senators that he knew Trump did not plan to attack China.
“I know, I’m sure President Trump does not want to attack the Chinese.
Millie was in the center A fire storm In between reports he made two calls to General Li Sucheng of the People’s Liberation Army, assuring him that the United States would not suddenly go to war or attack China.
During the hearing part of the hearing, the Republican sen. R. Marsha Blackburn, R.-Den., Asked the Millie to confirm that she had spoken with the authors of the book “On the Name” written by the Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The first parts are detailed.
“Woodward yes, Costa no,” Millie answered the question. When asked if he was portrayed accurately, Mille told Blackburn that he had not read the book, and she urged him to do so, to which he replied, “Glad to have done it.”
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