A new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claims that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley conducted secret missions to undermine the power of former President Donald Trump.
In an interview on Newsmax TV on Tuesday, Trump reacted to the allegations by insisting that Milley should be “tried for treason” if they are true.
“It’s not going to be a surprise”
Specifically, Trump referred to a claim made by the authors of Peril that Milley spoke directly to his Chinese counterpart, promising that the U.S. would not attack without prior warning.
According to NPR, the top general was reportedly worried about Trump’s state of mind following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, prompting him to tell other military officials not to act on any nuclear orders or codes without his approval.
In remarks to China’s corresponding top general, Milley reportedly said: “General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you. General 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.”
Although the former president dismissed the tell-all book as “fiction” and “fake news,” he stipulated that if its claims are verified, Milley should face a harsh penalty.
“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,” Trump said.
“Weak and ineffective”
The former president has released other statements on the same topic, including one that criticized Milley as “the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history, leaving behind many dead and wounded soldiers, many American citizens, and $85 billion worth of the newest and most sophisticated military equipment in the world.”
Acknowledging that the recent claims about Milley should result in charges of treason if true, Trump concluded: “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.”
In any case, he asserted that Milley should be removed from his position based solely on actions surrounding the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan.
Calling the book’s authors “sick and demented,” Trump insisted that he “never even thought” of initiating a military attack on China.
Perhaps his critics would do well to remember one fact that he also included in a statement: Trump was the only president in “decades” who did not get the United States into a war.