Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has faced mounting criticism in the wake of allegations that he secretly called his Chinese counterpart to undermine then-President Trump’s military authority.
While a number of Republicans have since declared that, if true, Milley could be guilty of treason, Trump weighed in to explain why he does not believe President Joe Biden will take any action against the top general.
“A complete nutjob”
According to the former president, Milley likely has “secrets” that Biden does not want to be exposed.
Trump made his opinion on the matter clear in a statement released this week through his political action committee, Save America PAC.
“The way Milley and the Biden Administration handled the Afghanistan withdrawal, perhaps the most embarrassing moment in our Country’s history, would not exactly instill fear in China,” Trump declared, according to the Washington Examiner.
His statement continued by describing Milley as “a complete nutjob,” speculating that the “only reason Biden will not fire or court-martial Milley is because he doesn’t want him spilling the dirty secrets on Biden’s deadly disaster in Afghanistan.”
The president has seen his approval rating plummet in the aftermath of a chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as some Americans and allies were left behind and a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul left 13 U.S. service members dead.
“I have great confidence in Gen. Milley”
For his part, Biden has continued to publicly voice his support for Milley as recently as a press conference on Wednesday.
When asked if Milley did “the right thing,” the president declared: “I have great confidence in Gen. Milley.”
Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detailed the allegations against Milley in their new book, Peril, and quoted conversations said to have taken place between Milley and Chinese People’s Liberation Army Gen. Li Zuocheng just prior to the November presidential election and shortly after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
At one point, Milley allegedly said: “Gen. Li, you and I have known each other for 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.”
If these claims are true, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) echoed the sentiment of others in his party by declaring that Milley should be “immediately relieved of his duties and court-martialed.”