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Republicans call for ouster of Gen. Mark Milley for blocking Trump from military strikes in final days

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/15/2021 Dave Goldiner

A growing number of Republican lawmakers want Gen. Mark Milley ousted over revelations that he sought to block former President Trump from launching military or nuclear strikes in his turbulent final days in the White House.

At least three senators and nine members of the House of Representatives are calling on Milley to resign or be fired after a new book says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sought to limit Trump’s powers after he incited the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Mark A. Milley wearing a suit and tie: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley © Susan Walsh Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (Susan Walsh/)

“(Milley) worked to actively undermine the sitting commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a fierce defender of Trump, blasted Milley for calling his Chinese counterpart to calm tensions sparked by the shocking mob attack on the Capitol.

“He should be court-martialled if true,” Paul wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley sitting at a table: Then-President Donald Trump, extends a hand to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (right) © Carolyn Kaster Then-President Donald Trump, extends a hand to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (right)

Then-President Donald Trump, extends a hand to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (right) (Carolyn Kaster/)


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President Biden said he “has great confidence in Gen. Milley.”

A spokesman for Milley insisted the general acted properly, noting that the Joint Chiefs chair regularly communicates with foreign counterparts, including Russian and Chinese generals.

“Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution,” said Col. Dave Butler, the spokesman.

The GOP outrage was sparked by the leaks of “Peril,” the blockbuster forthcoming book by Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

The book reveals that Milley agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assessment that Trump was “crazy” after the attack on the Capitol carried out by a mob of his supporters.

Milley convened a meeting of top military officers to prevent Trump from unilaterally launching a nuclear strike or other military attacks in his final days in office, Woodward and Costa write in the book.

Butler called that meeting an effort to “remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures” if Trump were to have ordered a nuclear strike.

Republican allies of Trump pounced on the separate revelation that Milley called China’s Gen. Li twice to reassure him that the storming of the Capitol did not reflect a dangerous and unpredictable breakdown in the U.S. system of government.

At least one fierce critic of Trump joined the chorus of calls for Milley’s head.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the ex-White House military attache who famously testified against Trump at his first impeachment trial, said Milley violated the “sacrosanct” rule of civilian authority over the military.

“It’s an extremely dangerous precedent,” Vindman wrote on Twitter. “You can’t simply walk away from that.”

Trump himself trashed Milley as a “Dumbass” and said the accounts of him in Woodward and Costa’s book are false.

“The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented,” Trump wrote in an email message. “In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the U.S. into a war.”

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