Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, has not only called for the removal of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley, but also suggests he be court martialed. Mainstream media went wild after reports that the soon to be released book Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claim Milley was afraid President Trump would “go rogue” so he took it upon himself to make secret calls to China.
According to the upcoming book Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley worried then-President Trump would “go rogue” and orchestrated two back-channel phone calls with China’s top general promising to inform him if an attack on the Communist country were to commence.
“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 reportedly told his Chinese counterpart.
Senator Rand Paul became the second senator, after Marco Rubio (R-FL) to demand Milley’s removal for undermining the President of the United States and colluding with China. Senator Paul tweeted:
“I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country. He should be court martialed if true.
Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.”
Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 15, 2021
Senator Marco Rubio had called for President Joe Biden to fire Milley in a letter:
“I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately…
…Even more egregiously, reports indicate that General Milley interfered with the procedures by which the civilian commander-in-chief can order a nuclear strike. He purportedly instructed officials not to take orders without his involvement and forced them to take an oath to that effect. A senior military officer interfering with that civilian-controlled process is simply unacceptable at best, and at worst, would cause ambiguity which could lead to war.”
Additional politicians have taken to Twitter to demand action against Milley:
If the reports about General Milley are true, he needs to be relieved of his duties. There’s no justification for secret communication with our greatest adversary. There’s no justification for treason.@POTUS: If this is verified, you need to immediately dismiss General Milley.
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) September 14, 2021
We must preserve civilian control of the Armed Forces, through the president, as our Constitution requires. Any official who subverts this system should not be in office. Anyone concerned about an unfit president can seek a constitutional remedy; anything else betrays their oath. https://t.co/ce6tFpS07Z
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) September 14, 2021
I am astounded by the extraordinary lack of judgment by Gen. Milley & his willingness to compromise our national security & risk American lives. If Milley really did coordinate with his counterparts in the #CCP, behind the back of the President, he should be relieved of duty.
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) September 14, 2021