Update (1906ET): President Trump has responded to claims that Milley had a back-channel with his Chinese counterparts and would warn them of any impending attacks.
"If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley...is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification “of an attack.”" wrote Trump in a statement.
That said, Trump also said that "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. Actions should be taken immediately against Milley, and better generals in our Military, of which we have many, should get involved so that another Afghanistan disaster never happens again."
"For the record, I never even thought of attacking China - and China knows that," Trump continued.
NEW!— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 14, 2021
“If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley...is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification “of an attack.” pic.twitter.com/bLCfFhNPgA
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley - who just facilitated the transfer of billions of dollars of US military hardware to America's enemies during the botched Afghanistan pullout - engaged in a 'top-secret' mission to undermine President Trump's ability to order military strikes or launch nuclear weapons following the Jan.6 Capitol riot, according to a new book by Bob Woodword and the Washington Post's Robert Costa.
Milley's treasonous effort allegedly stemmed out of fears that Trump could 'go rogue,' according to CNN.
"You never know what a president's trigger point is," said Milley - who just separated an entire family of Afghan civilians from their mortal coils in a haphazard drone strike.
Milley took extraordinary action, and called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons. Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon's war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved. -CNN
"No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure," said Milley, unconstitutionally, before going around the room and 'looking each officer in the eye, asking them to verbally confirm they understood.'
"Milley considered it an oath," wrote the authors.
The amazing thing is how Milley apparently bragged about violating his oath and stepping outside the chain of command to thwart his superior— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) September 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Milley also had two 'back-channel phone calls' with China's top general in the waning days of the Trump administration.
Woodward and Costa also write that 'some might contend that Milley had overstepped his authority and taken extraordinary power for himself,' but he believed his actions were 'a good faith precaution to ensure there was no historic rupture in the international order, no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.'
What's more, Milley reportedly told China he'd warn them if the United States was going to attack!
"General Li, you and I have known each other for now 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."
Protesting at the Capitol is not treason or sedition.— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) September 14, 2021
This below however… https://t.co/1Ezp4061gD
The book also claims that Trump signed a military order after he lost the 2020 election to pull the US military out of Afghanistan by January 15, 2021 - days before he left the White House. The memo, drafted by 'two Trump loyalists,' was reportedly nullified, "but Milley could not forget that Trump had done an end run around his top military advisers," and "felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump and believed it was his job as the senior military officer to think the unthinkable and take any and all necessary precautions" according to the book.
Milley's actions against a sitting president have sparked outrage and calls for his ouster.
Arrest General Milley— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 14, 2021
Milley needs to go. No excuses.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 14, 2021
I know we’re supposed to be all worried about how crazy Trump was in this story but this, if true, is legit treason. pic.twitter.com/BmXmZlHPyX— Inez Stepman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) September 14, 2021
In addition to being an incompetent woke buffoon, Milley is apparently also a traitor. https://t.co/ap6S26zGyt— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 14, 2021
Perhaps if Trump runs (and wins) in 2024, he'll surround himself with less treasonous advisers.