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Milley: Beijing fears of US attack prompted appeal to Chinese general

But the four-star general told senators on Tuesday that he was “certain” that Trump “did not intend to attack the Chinese, and it is my direct responsibility to convey presidential orders and intent.” .

“My task at the time was to defuse,” Milley told senators, revealing for the first time that the “specific purpose” of his phone calls to Li “was generated by disturbing intelligence that led us to believe that the Chinese were worried. An attack from the United States ”

Milley said he would discuss the intelligence that triggered the phone calls in a classified setting with Senators later Tuesday. He also offered to share with the committee “any emails, phone logs, memos, witnesses or whatever you need to better understand these events.”

The firestorm over Milley’s appeals prompted some Republicans to call for Milley’s resignation or firing. The White House, meanwhile, said Biden had “complete faith” in Milley.

Tuesday’s hearing, which was to focus on the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, was Milley’s first time to address the controversy in detail. And while he provided further explanations for the calls, he also referred to a Jan. 8 phone call he had with President Nancy Pelosi in which the California Democrat sought to “inquire into the the president’s ability to launch nuclear weapons, “according to Milley.

“I have sought to assure him that the nuclear launch is governed by a very specific and deliberate process,” Milley added. “There are processes, protocols and procedures in place and I have assured him on several occasions that there is no chance of an illegal, unauthorized or accidental launch.”

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