White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to support General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, potentially committing betrayal in the final weeks of the Trump administration by reassuring his counterpart Chinese that the former president would not attack Beijing – apologizing for the action as acceptable in the “context of this period and time in history.”
“What I can assure you is that [President Biden] knows General Milley, he served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for nearly eight months of his presidency, they have worked side by side through a series of international events, and the President has complete confidence in his leadership, patriotism and his loyalty to our Constitution, ”Psaki said when asked about the allegations against Milley in the upcoming“ Peril ”book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
The book says that Milley told General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that he would warn his counterpart in the event of a US attack.
In a written statement released minutes before Psaki’s press briefing, General Milley’s spokesman Col. Dave Butler acknowledged communications with the Chinese, saying the top US military officer had acted in under his authority as the most senior uniformed adviser to the president and government. Secretary of Defense.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs communicates regularly with defense chiefs around the world, including China and Russia. These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of US national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unforeseen consequences or conflicts, ”the statement said.
“His appeals with the Chinese and others in October and January were consistent with these reassured duties and responsibilities in order to maintain strategic stability,” Butler said. “All of the president’s calls to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Defense Department and the interagency.”
Psaki in his defense of Milley’s actions, which have been called treason amid calls for his resignation, said: this period and this time, time in history that we are discussing and is described in parts of this book . The outgoing President of the United States, during this time, fomented unrest, leading to an insurgency and attack on our nation’s capital, January 6 which we all have, all of you have covered extensively, of course, l ‘one of the darkest days in our nation’s history,’ accused Psaki of Trump, appearing to equivocate morally Milley’s surreptitious appeals to the Chinese.
“It is the obligation of every chairman of the joint chiefs to follow the constitutional order to prevent illegal military action, that is what the chairman believes,” Psaki noted.