Alexander Vindman says Milley 'must' resign over secret calls to China
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman called on General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to resign in response to a book in which Milley secretly promised his Chinese counterpart that he would give his Chinese counterpart a warning in case of ex-President Donald Trump ordered an attack on China.
Vindman, who served as director of European affairs for the National Security Council and played a key role in Ukraine's impeachment process against Trump, posted a tweet Tuesday in response to extracts from Peril written by Watergate tracker Bob Woodward and Washington Post journalist Robert Costa .
“If that's true, GEN Milley must resign. He has usurped civil authority, broken the chain of command and violated the inviolable principle of civilian control over the military, ”Vindman tweeted.
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"This is an extremely dangerous precedent," added Vindman. "You can't just walk away from that."
Before and after the 2020 elections, Milley feared that Trump might start a war with China and, according to the book, assured Chinese General Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army in two secret calls that he would stave off an armed conflict.
“General Li, you and I have known each other for five years now. If we attack, I'll call you ahead of time. It won't be a surprise, ”Milley said to Li in one of the conversations, the book says.
The Pentagon had no comment on the book at the time of going to press.
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Vindman, a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, attracted national attention during the impeachment trial of Trump, which centered on Ukraine. Vindman wrote one of the reports on Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that resulted in the President's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Vindman testified before Congress in November 2019 that the president had put "inappropriate" pressure on Zelensky to announce an investigation into current President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
After Trump was acquitted in the Senate, Vindman was ousted from his position on the National Security Counsel. In July 2020, he announced his retirement from the military.
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Original author: Virginia Aabram
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