Trump accuses Gen. Mark Milley of TREASON after Joint Chiefs chair 'secretly assured China US would not launch attack'

Trump accuses Gen. Mark Milley of TREASON after Joint Chiefs chair 'secretly assured China US would not launch attack'

September 15, 2021

DONALD Trump has accused General Mark Milley of treason after a bombshell book claims the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman secretly assured China the United States would not launch an attack.

The former president's ferocious accusation comes as Peril – by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward – alleges Gen. Milley called his Chinese counterpart in Trump's final months as president.

Speaking on a phone call with NewsMaxTV, the former president said: "If it is actually true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them of an attack, or in advance of an attack, that's treason.

"I've had so many calls today saying 'that's treason,' number one. Number two, it's totally ridiculous, I never thought of it."

Trump continued: "For him to say that I would even think about attacking China… I think he's trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan.

"The worst, the dumbest thing that anybody has seen. Probably the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to our country — where they killed our soldiers.

"We left with embarrassment on our face, we left Americans behind, and we left $85billion worth of the best equipment in the world that I bought because I was the one that rebuilt our military, and then Biden gave it away.

"For him to say that I was going to attack China is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard and everybody knows it."

Trump's "treason" accusation comes as Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book Peril is expected to be released later this month.

According to the book, Gen. Milley contacted General Li Zuocheng of China twice via secret back-channels to tell him that Trump was not planning to attack China.

As per the publication, Gen. Milley told the Chinese general in a January 8 phone call that things may appear "unsteady" after the Capitol riot just two days earlier.

"But that’s the nature of democracy, General Li," Gen. Milley reportedly said. "We are 100 per cent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes."

The call came just two days after rioters wreaked havoc on the US Capitol on January 6.

The book, which The New York Times obtained a copy of before its public release, also said Gen. Milley assembled a meeting with top commanders to reassure them that he would be involved in any nuclear weapon decisions – a thinly-veiled suggestion he would stop Trump from ordering a strike.

According to the book, Gen. Milley told top US military officials: "If you get calls, no matter who they're from, there's a process here, there's a procedure.

"No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure."

He also said: "You never know what a president's trigger point is."

Gen. Milley was also worried that Trump was experiencing a mental decline after the 2020 presidential election, according to Woodward and Costa's book.

The United States Army general also told top officials, as per the book: "The strict procedures are explicitly designed to avoid inadvertent mistakes or accident or nefarious, unintentional, illegal, immoral, unethical launching of the world's most dangerous weapons."

According to the book, which CNN also obtained a copy of, Milley received a phone call, after speaking twice with Gen. Li Zuocheng, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In the call, Pelosi slammed Trump as having been "crazy for a long time" and said: "If they couldn't even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do?"

According to the authors, Milley told Pelosi: "I agree with you on everything."

Following their chat, he told former CIA Director Gina Haspel to "aggressively watch everything, 360," the book's authors reveal.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Gen. Milley was working on taking a stand against the former president had the situation called for it.

According to another book obtained by CNN from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, the authors described plans that Milley and other Joint Chiefs discussed.

According to the book, Milley and others were worried that Trump might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election.

Following their fears, Milley and other Joint Chiefs had discussed a plan to resign one-by-one instead of carrying out orders that they considered to be illegal, dangerous or ill-advised.

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