Former President Donald Trump fired back at Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley in a statement after a new book by Bob Woodward alleged Milley had taken secret action to stop Trump from going ‘rogue.’
Trump said: “If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley, 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 and our Country’s reputation, 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.” Can’t do 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.
“Remember, I was the one who took out 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. Milley said it couldn’t be done!
“For the record, I never even thought of attacking China—and China knows that. The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad.
“In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the U.S. into a war—a well known fact that is seldom reported.”
The book makes a few vague claims that will surely be cleaned up when Milley testifies before Congress. One of the weird allegations and the one Trump refers to when he says ‘treason’ was that Milley said he would call the Chinese before Trump attacked (if an attack was ordered).
We need to know more about what exactly was said and the GOP are already demanding answers.
“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 told Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith on Newsmax last night.
Milley was concerned Trump might order a strike that would lead to war with China, attempting to avert armed conflict to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army in a pair of secret calls before and after the 2020 election, according to excerpts from Peril, written by Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward and fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa.
“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,” Milley said to Li in one of the conversations, the book claimed.
Treason against the United States, as outlined in the Constitution , “shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”
Anyone found guilty of treason “shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States,” according to U.S. code .