(USA Features) Donald Trump blasted Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley on Wednesday over the latter’s claims he had to step in to ensure the former president did not attack China or launch a nuclear strike because during his final months in office.
Trump was responding to excerpts of a new book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, claiming that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, in the final months of Trump’s presidency, to say he would warn him if Trump planned to launch an attack.
“Milley never told me about calls being made to China,” Trump wrote in a statement from his Save America PAC.
“From what I understand, he didn’t tell too many other people either,” the former president continued.
“He put our country in a very dangerous position, but President Xi knows better, and would’ve called me,” Trump’s statement noted.
“The way Milley and the Biden administration handled the Afghanistan withdrawal, perhaps the most embarrassing moment in our country’s history, would not exactly instill fear in China. Milley is a complete nutjob!”
Trump also said that President Joe Biden isn’t going to hold Milley accountable because it would compromise his administration’s security as well.
“The only reason Biden will not fire or court-martial Milley is because he doesn’t want him spilling the dirty secrets on Biden’s deadly disaster in Afghanistan,” Trump wrote.
Trump’s statement came a day after he noted from his Save America PAC that Milley should be “tried for treason” if the allegations against him were true.
However, considering the source — the book — Trump had serious doubts about the truthfulness of the reporting.
“For the record, I never even thought of attacking China — and China knows that,” Trump’s Wednesday statement concluded.
“The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad,” he added.
“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.”