On Tuesday, Republican Senator John Kennedy recommended that if Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley undermined former President Donald Trump by privately negotiating with his Chinese counterpart, then the military official “should resign.”
“Well, yes, yes,” Kennedy responded when asked if Milley should resign. “But these are all allegations and this is still America,” Kennedy added.
“You give me about 15 minutes with Gen Milley under oath, in front of a committee of the United States Senate, and I will get to the truth.”
“If the truth is as alleged then, yes, he should resign.”
Kennedy was responding to an allegation found in a newly published book, “Peril,” co-authored by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which accuses that Milley phoned his military counterpart in China on Oct. 30, 2020, and relayed his concerns that Trump might order a preemptive military strike against China.
The book also claims that Milley supposedly took secret action to stop Trump from using nuclear weapons after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“I’ve been very disappointed in Gen. Milley,” Kennedy said, indicating that the U.S. needs a military leader and a real chairman of the joint chiefs but it doesn’t have that with Milley. “Based on his behavior in the last year or two, we don’t have a military leader. We’ve got a politician.”
The senator called for hearings into Milley’s actions, though he suggested his “Democratic friends” would rather avoid the issue. “I think Gen. Milley has a lot of explaining to do and I think he ought to stop bellowing and honking on like a goose about white rage and actually try to make our country more secure.”