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Bob Woodward wrote in a new book that Mark Milley the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff secretly called China in the midst of January 6th to reassure them that we wouldn’t go to war with them.
Well, his spokesman said that Defense Secretary Mark Esper knew, there were multiple people in the room, and the call was part of standard communication between the leaders. Essentially Bob Woodward made it up.
According to Fox News:
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia. These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict,” Milley spokesman Col. Dave Butler said in a statement Wednesday.
Butler said that Milley’s calls “with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.”
“Also in keeping with his responsibilities as senior military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, General Milley frequently conducts meetings with uniformed leaders across the Services to ensure all leaders are aware of current issues,” Butler continued. “The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.”
Butler added: “General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.”
President Trump has called Woodward a hack and that continues to hold true.