Donald Trump is dismissing a new report, that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley took top-secret actions to prevent him from launching a military strike, as “fake news” while also calling for the general to be put on trial for treason.
The report comes after the release of a passage from ‘Peril,’ an upcoming book from veteran Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
Woodward and Costa wrote that Gen. Milley was worried about Trump’s behavior after he lost the election that he called a secret meeting at the Pentagon with top military officials, including senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center and told them to not take orders from anyone unless he was involved.
Milley was also fearful that Trump would try and distract from his election loss by provoking conflict at home or abroad. Milley reportedly called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, twice to reassure him and the Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. was not preparing a strike and that American democracy was still intact after the events of Jan. 6.
“Things may look unsteady,” the authors said Milley told Gen Li Zuocheng two weeks after the riot, according to the New York Times.
“But that’s the nature of democracy, General Li. We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes,” he added.
In a statement on Tuesday, Trump dismissed the report as “fake news” and said the story was “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.”
However, if the story turns out to be true, then Gen. Milley should be tried for treason, according to Trump.
“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,’ ” Trump wrote.