Republicans once again attempted to twist General Mark Milley’s actions during the last weeks of the Trump administration as if he was working to undermine the former president instead of doing his duty to protect the country.
In the final weeks of Trump’s failed presidency, it was feared that Trump might try to start a war in a desperate attempt to remain in power, just like he incited an insurrection on January 6th in a failed attempt to overthrow democracy. China, in particular, feared being the target of a military strike because of Trump’s aggressive accusations, threats, and anger towards them over the course of his four years in the White House.
Needless to say, a war with China would be a complete catastrophe, especially since both the United States and China are armed with nuclear weapons.
So, Milley sought to quell China’s fears by reassuring Chinese officials that there would be no military action.
It’s a phone call that Republicans have seized upon as some sort of nefarious plot against Trump by Milley, who also took steps to prevent Trump from ordering a nuclear strike during his final months in power.
During a hearing in the House, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) tried to use the call to smear Milley and question his loyalty.
“With indignation in front of the House and the Senate, you have commented on the statements in the press concerning your phone conversation with your counterparts, General Lee in China,” Turner began. “Let’s be clear, to give you some help with the indignation, those comments were in the press, because that’s where you put them. Now, you claim that you had information, and it’s all over, that China was worried about an imminent attack. You did not tell the president, the vice president, the White House chief of staff, the national security adviser, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, the director of national intelligence either of the relevant committees in the House, including the Big 8, which you know include intel.”
Milley was ready for such an attack and proceeded to school Turner.
“With respect to the intelligence, I have it right here. I’ll be happy to share it with you,” Milley replied. “I guarantee that that intelligence was disseminated to the in the president’s [presidential daily briefing], the vice president, the DNI, director of CIA, the Secretary of Defense, the assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and others. That was significant and there was a lot of it. It wasn’t just a singular report. There was a lot — I’ll be happy to share that with you and go over it with you line by line.”
Let’s not forget that Trump often ignored his daily briefings, so if he feels he wasn’t informed about the phone call he only has himself to blame because he was too lazy to do his job.
“It was significant and concerning to the point where the secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Admiral David Skponson and myself and others had conversations about it,” Milley continued. “And I was directed by then-Secretary of Defense Esper. First, he directed his assistant secretary of Defense for Asia Pacific Affairs to make calls and then me. Same thing. This is all done with oversight and I try to lay that out in the memorandum. I tried to lay it out in a timeline in an unclassified way that you can use.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Republicans should feel embarrassed every time they attack Milley. This man comes prepared with receipts to call out their lies.
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