According to Bob Woodward’s new book “Peril,” Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told China in a secret phone call that if the US ever attacked, he would give advance warning.
According to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political editor Robert Costa, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the PLA, that the US would not strike in a pair of secret phone calls.
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The first call was made on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before President Trump’s election, and the second was made on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege.
Milley told China in secret phone call that he would give advance warning if U.S. was ever going to attack!!!
"If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.” https://t.co/bIYO1HFuVi
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 14, 2021
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told him. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a US attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
CNN reported on January 8, 2021, the same day Milley allegedly spoke with China in a secret phone call, that Pelosi had received assurances from Milley that there are safeguards in place in the event President Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote in a letter. “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
After speaking with Milley Friday, Pelosi told her caucus that she has gotten assurances there are safeguards in place in the event Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon, according to multiple sources on a caucus call.
“Speaker Pelosi dialed the Chairman’s number. Colonel Dave Butler said in a statement that he answered her questions about the nuclear command authority process.
Beginning January 8, 2021:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that she has gotten assurances there are safeguards in place in the event President Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon, according to multiple sources. https://t.co/E8YnKAToRg
— CNN (@CNN) January 9, 2021