Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, committed “TREASON” if he contacted Chinese officials in the final months of the Trump administration to reassure them that the 45th president would not launch military action against Beijing.
Longtime Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa claim in their forthcoming book “Peril” that Milley made two calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The first call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, shortly before the presidential election, while the second call took place on Jan. 8 of this year, two days after the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
Trump said that if the reporting by Woodward and Costa was true, he assumed Milley — who Trump called “Dumbass” and described as “the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history” — “would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification ‘of an attack.’ Can’t do that!”
However, later in his statement, Trump said he believed the report to be “Fake News concocted by a weak and ineffective General together with two authors who I refused to give an interview to because they write fiction, not fact.”
“Actions should be taken immediately against Milley, and better generals in our Military, of which we have many, should get involved so that another Afghanistan disaster never happens again,” added Trump, who concluded by saying that “I never even thought of attacking China—and China knows that.
“The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad,” the former president argued. “In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the U.S. into a war—a well known fact that is seldom reported.”