U.S. General Mark Milley, the highest military in the United States, is said to have called his Chinese counterpart twice in secret because he was concerned that then president Donald Trump would start a war with China.
Milley is said to have called Chinese General Li Zuocheng for the first time on October 30, 2020, when Trump’s upcoming election defeat was already underway. The second conversation followed, according to the newspaper, on January 8, 2021, two days after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from ratifying Trump’s election defeat.
In the phone calls Milley would have assured his Chinese counterpart that the US was “stable” and would not attack. If there were to be an attack, he would warn Li immediately.
The Washington Post bases its coverage on the book peril by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which will be published next week. Woodward and Costa say their findings are based on interviews with over two hundred sources.
Trump calls the Milley coverage “made up”.
“For the record, I never thought of attacking China,” said the former president in a statement. He also says that if the story had been true, Milley would have to be tried for high treason.