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Trump says secret calls to China by Milley described in Woodward book amount to treason

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 2021-09-14

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Former President Donald Trump said Gen. Mark Milley may have committed treason with secret calls to China at the end of his administration.

The ex-commander in chief called into Newsmax on Tuesday to respond to a new book that claimed Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promised to give his Chinese counterpart advance notice if Trump ordered a strike against China.

"If it is actually true — which is hard to believe that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them of an attack or in advance of an attack — that's treason," he told Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith.

Milley was concerned Trump might order a strike that would lead to war with China, attempting to avert armed conflict to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army in a pair of secret calls before and after the 2020 election, according to excerpts from Peril , written by Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward and fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa.

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“General Li, 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 said to Li in one of the conversations, the book claimed.

Treason against the United States, as outlined in the Constitution , "shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

Anyone found guilty of treason "shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States," according to U.S. code .

No person has been executed for treason by the federal government under the U.S. Constitution .

At least one Republican in Congress, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Milley should be court martialed if the reporting is true. Others have called on him to resign or be fired. Retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the Ukraine-focused impeachment proceedings against Trump, said if the book is correct, Milley "usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, ... violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military," and should step down .

In his interview with Newsmax, Trump admitted he was frustrated with China on trade and the coronavirus but said it was a "ridiculous" claim he considered an attack on China, denying ever thinking about such an operation.

"I think he is trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan," Trump said of Milley.

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Trump also said he considers Woodward and "his cohorts" to be "extremely dishonorable people."

Milley remains chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Biden administration. The Pentagon did not comment on the book as of press time.

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Hard Dough
09-15

This from the same guy who said he believed Putin over the United States Intelligence agencies, saluted a North Korean general, and never said a word about the bounties Russia put on our soldiers? Yeah...sure...🙄👌🏼

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Esther C Kloepfer
09-15

commander in chief? he was the dictator in chief. did he seek advice before he did things? did he have any concern for the USA when he did his last ditch pardoning? did he let us know we were facing the pandemic? not until it benefited him. commander in chief? think twice before you speak

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Ultimate One⚓
09-15

Trump doesn't know the meaning of treason! That's because he's already committed treason so many times! To Trump, he has successfully turned the meaning around on the one's who is fighting for our country and keeping us safe! The whole world saw how Trump fell apart after losing the election. He was so unhinged, he still thinks he's the president of the United States!

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