Gene. Milley briefed top officials on China call and ordered admiral in charge of the Pacific to CANCEL operations that could be interpreted as ‘provocative’: Trump allies say he undermined president’s orders
- Bob Woodward said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley briefed four entities about his backchannel talks with China behind President Trump’s back
- “Nothing is hidden here,” Woodward assured
- When asked if he knew he was reporting on Milley’s “treacherous behavior” in his new book, he replied, “No, not at all.”
- Woodward said Milley told CIA Director Gina Haspel, NSA Director Paul Nakasone and chiefs of military branches to “keep an eye on everything”
- Also ordered an admiral in charge of the Pacific to “cancel operations that the Chinese might consider provocative”
- Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book ‘Peril’ will be on the shelves on Tuesday
General Mark Milley informed four entities about his talks with China behind then-President Donald Trump, “Peril” author Bob Woodward revealed Monday, and said the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had ordered operations to stop, which he thought Beijing could see as “provocative.” .’
He said he was unaware that he was reporting any “treacherous behavior” by writing about Milley’s backchannel conversations with China, because “nothing was hidden” at the time.
“After the call, he then gave a full briefing to four people,” Woodward told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos Monday morning, where he was joined by co-author Robert Costa.
He revealed that Milley discussed the call with then-CIA Director Gina Haspel, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, heads of the various military branches and an admiral in charge of operations in the Pacific.
Woodward said Milley said to Haspel, “Watch everything 360.”
Spoke to Paul Nakasone, head of the National Security Agency, which eavesdrops worldwide, and said ‘needles up’, which is an expression – ‘listen everywhere,’ Woodward said of Milley. “He spoke to the chiefs—the Chief of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and said, ‘Full time, watch everything.’ And then he called the admiral in charge of the Pacific area and canceled — asked him to cancel operations that the Chinese might consider provocative.”
Journalist and author Bob Woodward said on Monday morning that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley briefed four entities about his backchannel talks with China behind then-President Trump.
Woodward said Milley told then-CIA director Gina Hapsel (left) to “keep an eye on everything” and warned Paul Nakasone (right), director of the National Security Agency, to “needle up,” which is a phrase that “listen everywhere’ means.
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s ‘Peril’ to be released September 21 by Simon & Schuster — detailing Trump’s transition to Biden
“So there’s nothing hidden about this,” Woodward assured. “It’s a top secret back channel.”
“Peril,” describing the unusual transition from Trump to Joe Biden’s presidency, hits the shelves Tuesday.
Excerpts from the book revealed last week that Woodward wrote of Milley speaking to China about the perceived instability of then-President Trump following his election loss to Biden and the Capitol riots.
Reports in the book indicate that Milley was concerned that Trump would launch an attack to remain in power and promised China that he would warn them of any imminent attack.
“Two days after the Capitol uprising, there was a moment of maximum tension,” Woodward said.
Milley’s reported actions were immediately labeled “treacherous behavior” by politicians and former military leaders and called for Milley to resign as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Woodward was asked when he was writing about Milley’s conversations with Chinese if he thought he was documenting treasonous behavior.
“No, not at all,” Woodward replied Monday.
Milley has come under fire for ‘treasonous behavior’ by calling China behind Trump’s back to promise to warn them of any incoming attack from the US after the Capitol riots
Milley spokesman Colonel Dave Butler essentially confirmed the call last Wednesday.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs communicates regularly with Chiefs of Defense around the world, including China and Russia,” Butler said in a statement on the matter. “His talks with the Chinese and others in October and January were consistent with these duties and responsibilities and provided reassurance to maintain strategic stability.”
Former Assistant Secretary of the Army E. Casey Wardynski, who served under Trump, accused Milley and Army Chief of Staff General James McConville of a “pattern of behavior” that exceeded their authority and undermined Trump.
“This kind of behavior and this willingness on the part of military leaders to outdo their authorities and ignore the authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them… positions under the constitution and laws of the country was not something they were told on January 8.” shot in,’ Wardynski told Fox News.
“It was something they’ve been doing for a while.”
Wardynski is a former assistant secretary of the army for manpower and reserves from the Trump era. He accused Milley and McConville of statements suggesting they were in charge.