I have great confidence in General Milley. — President Joe Biden
I have great confidence in General Milley. — President Joe Biden

The outgoing president of the United States during this period of time fomented unrest, leading to an insurrection and an attack on our nation's capital, on January 6th. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki
The outgoing president of the United States during this period of time fomented unrest, leading to an insurrection and an attack on our nation's capital, on January 6th. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki

Biden says he has 'great confidence' in Gen. Mark Milley after new reports
New reporting surfaced in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book "Peril" details how Milley, the top US general, called his Chinese counterpart on two occasions to reassure him and took action to limit former President Donald Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike. "Peril" discusses Milley's actions in regards to a military action or a nuclear strike, in which Milley told subordinates that he must be directly involved in any discussion.

When asked about the report by reporters Wednesday afternoon, Biden said, "I have great confidence in General Milley."

... Earlier on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Biden has "complete confidence" in Milley.

"I'm not going to add more -- speak to anonymous unconfirmed reports about conversations with limited context from here. But what I can assure you all of is that the President knows General Milley, he has been chairman of the Joint Chiefs for almost eight months of his presidency. They've worked side by side through a range of international events. And the President has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism and his fidelity to our Constitution," Psaki told reporters Wednesday, later describing Milley as a "man of honor."

Psaki went on to outline the context of the time surrounding the reported actions.

"I think it's important to consider some of the context, key context of this period of time in history that we're discussing and is outlined or covered in portions of this book, The outgoing president of the United States during this period of time fomented unrest, leading to an insurrection and an attack on our nation's capital, on January 6th," she said.

Psaki added, "Beyond reports in this book, there's been widespread reporting and commentary from members of his own Cabinet -- the former president's Cabinet, I should say -- including high-ranking national security officials questioning the former president's stability, his behavior and his suitability to oversee the national security of the United States. So those are important questions that need to be discussed as well."


... Milley "regularly communicates" with his counterparts around the world, including with China and Russia, his spokesman, Col. Dave Butler, said in a statement.

"These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict," said Butler.

... "General 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," Butler said.

Butler also defended a series of meetings with uniformed leaders early this year in which he says Milley reviewed the policies and protocols regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

"The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject," Butler said.
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