The top U.S military officer, Mark Miley defended his calls to his Chinese counterpart in the final presidency months of Trump as “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job as chairman of the Joint Chief.
Miley further made his first public comments on revelations, where he said that such calls are ‘routine’ and were executed for the purpose of “reassuring both adversaries and allies that ensures strategic stability”.
He also spoke to The Associated Press and reports of different news outlets who were traveling to Europe with him. Miley also added about Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army in order to reassure him that the US was not going to suddenly attack China.
However, the general was blasted by the former President and a few conservatives for the conversations which also included being accused of ‘treason’ for breaking the chain of command.
Such descriptions of the calls made their appearance last October and in January from the forthcoming book “Peril” by Washington Post journalists Robert Costa and Bob Woodward. The book clearly states that Miley warned Li about the event of an attack.
Miley, however, plans to have a deeper discussion regarding the matters related to Congress when he testifies at a hearing later this month- offered a brief defense of his calls.
“If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley reportedly said.
Miley further talked to other military officials in which he stated,
“The second call was meant to placate Chinese fears about the events of Jan. 6. But the book reports that Li wasn’t as easily assuaged, even after Milley promised him that, “We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.”