Gen. Mark Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly' within scope of job

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley of Friday defended calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final days of the Trump administration as "routine" and necessary to "ensure strategic stability" in a deeply uncertain time.
In his first direct defense of his actions since the revelations included in a new book, Gen. Milley said the calls in late 2020 and early 2021 to a top Chinese general were "perfectly within the duties and responsibilities" of his job, The Associated Press reported.

Former President Trump and his supporters have been harshly critical of Gen. Milley over reports he reassured a top Chinese general that no U.S. military action was imminent at a time when Mr. Trump was fiercely contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election. According to the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Gen. Milley made the call in part because of intelligence suggesting the Chinese were worried about a surprise American action against Beijing to distract from the political chaos in…
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