Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley is under partisan fire over allegations in a new book that he sought to undermine former President Donald Trump.
In response to claims that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart behind Trump’s back in the waning days of the previous administration, at least two GOP senators are publicly calling for him to be removed from his position, face court-martial, and be dismissed from the military.
“No longer fit”
According to Breitbart, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) expressed his thoughts in a pair of tweets.
“I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country,” Paul wrote. “He should be court martialed if true.”
The Kentucky Republican went on to assert that Biden’s “inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan” is further evidence that Milley “is no longer fit” for the position “and should be removed immediately.”
Paul’s tweets echoed the “grave concerns” expressed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a letter to Biden.
Rubio insisted that Milley is working to “actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces” and to have “contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party.”
He went on to decry the alleged “subversion” perpetrated by Milley as well as interference in the traditional civilian leadership of the U.S. military. Rubio’s letter warned that the general’s alleged actions constitute a “dangerous precedent” if left unpunished and argued that Milley should be dismissed “immediately.”
According to the Washington Post, Biden expressed his continued support for the chairman in response to questions from reporters on Wednesday.
At the end of a White House COVID-19 briefing, the president did not hesitate in declaring: “I have great confidence in General Milley.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered a similar response earlier in the day, insisting that Biden “has complete confidence” in Milley’s “leadership, his patriotism, and his fidelity to our Constitution.”
Trump himself weighed in on the bombshell revelations in Peril, the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, asserting that, if true, they should result in treason charges against Milley. According to Vanity Fair, the former president also indicated his belief that the accusations were unfounded, writing:
The good news is that the story is Fake News concocted by a weak and ineffective General together with two authors who I refused to give an interview to because they write fiction, not fact.