Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged President Biden to immediately fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, following bombshell reports claiming he undermined former President Trump in secret phone calls with China, calling the action from the top general “treasonous.”
“I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” Rubio wrote in a letter to Biden Tuesday evening.
“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgment, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” he added.
The letter from Rubio comes after excerpts of a forthcoming book, “Peril,” authored by Washington Post veteran journalist Bob Woodward and Robert Costa revealed a myriad of that Milley single-handedly took secret action, acting twice by making secret backchannel calls to his Chinese counterpart to undermine former President Trump. Taking matters into his own hand, Milley had conducted two secret backchannel phone calls with China’s top general, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, vowing to give the Chinese advance warning of any American attack, saying “it’s not going to be a surprise.”
Rubio warned that Milley’s alleged reported conversations with China had undermined Biden and future presidents’ “ability to negotiate,” affirming such interference “at worst, would cause ambiguity which could lead to war.”
“I do not need to tell of you the dangers posed by senior military officers leaking classified information on U.S. military operations, but I will underscore that such subversion undermines the President’s ability to negotiate and leverage one of this nation’s instruments of national power in his interactions with foreign nations.
The Florida Senator argued that Milley set a “dangerous” precedent with his “reckless behavior,” noting such firing would protect the U.S. principle of civilian rule over the military.
“General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military’s judgment as more stable than its civilian commander,” Rubio said. “It is a dangerous precedent that could be asserted at any point in the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to tear apart our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military.”
“You must immediately dismiss General Milley. America’s national security and ability to lead in the world are at stake,” Rubio concluded.
In an interview with Newsmax Tuesday evening, Trump said that Milley’s reported promise to warn of an impending attack was “treasonous,” insisting that he “did not ever think of attacking China.”