Despite His Testimony, Trump Still Blasts Milley for China Calls
Despite his testimony before Congress that his phone calls to China in the waning days of the Trump presidency were routine and authorized, the former President still blasted General Milley’s actions as “weak” and “borderline treasonous.”
Trump sounded off on Gen. Mark Milley after learning of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s phone calls to his Chinese counterpart in which he said he would give a warning if Trump were planning a military strike.
Trump said in an interview with KTTH’s “The Jason Rantz Show” that China was really more concerned about him from an economic standpoint and that there was no reason for Milley to get involved.
“China was very concerned about what I was doing economically, and nobody has to get in and say, ‘Oh, don’t worry about things, things will be just fine,'” Trump said. “Not good. Not appropriate.”
The former President also addressed opinions that Milley’s actions were treasonous.
“Well, I would certainly say it borders on it because I didn’t know about it, and I’m the one that’s supposed to know about it,” Trump said.
He then took some personal shots at Milley’s character.
“He was afraid to come in and talk to me,” Trump said. “He was a weak sister, I found that out. He was a weak man.”
Trump Also Had Issues With Biden’s Spin on Afghanistan
Milley’s justification for the phone calls and claim that others in the DoD were aware of them came during a Congressional hearing on what went wrong in Afghanistan. Trump also had some choice words for how Milley and President Biden himself were trying to characterize the botched mission.
Biden has claimed that there was no way to leave Afghanistan gracefully and that while he wanted to withdraw, he was bound by a deal that Trump had made with the Taliban. Trump took issue with this, insisting that what he had in place would not have led to the current situation.
“We had a great agreement,” Trump said, stating that “it was all condition-based.”
Biden has been criticized for allowing the Taliban to swiftly take control of Afghanistan before the withdrawal was even complete and for stranding American citizens and allies thereafter the military had already left.
“Regardless of anything, who would take the military out first? No agreement says that,” Trump said.
Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had advised Biden against a full withdrawal and that he recommended keeping 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.