칼 로브: 사실이면, it could be wrong. I long ago learned to distrust … I respect Bob Woodward and Bob Costa, 그러나, I learned long ago not to believe everything Bob writes in his book is accurate. He had three or four about the Bush years. I knew things that were in there that were expressed as facts that were absolutely not true.
But there are some troubling questions here. And when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs appears before Congress on September 28, he will have to answer them. He talked to the Chinese in October and January, and Ambassador Haley is right. That’s routine. But also routine is the chain of command. Did he talk with his bosses, Mark Esper in October, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller in January and say, I want to talk to the Chinese and here’s what I want to say. And whatever he said, was it accurately reflected in what Bob Woodward and Bob Costa have in their book? And he’s going to have to answer those questions. If he talked to the Chinese without going through the chain of command, that is to say having the authorization of the secretary of defense not only to talk to them but to express the message that he supposedly expressed, then we have a real problem.
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