庞培, Trump national security adviser in the dark on Milley's China intel and outreach, 消息人士说

The supposed intelligence was the basis for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley contacting his Chinese counterpart, 根. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, as described in the book “危险,” co-written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

另外, the former officials told Fox News that neither Pompeo nor O’Brien had spoken to Milley about the intelligence or the calls Milley made to China – one prior to November’s election and a second on Jan. 8, 2021, following the Capitol riots that took place two days earlier.

MILLEY SECRETLY CALLED CHINESE OFFICIALS OUT OF FEAR TRUMP WOULD ‘ATTACKIN FINAL DAYS, BOOK CLAIMS

The book from Woodward and Costa claimed Milley reached out to Li after he had reviewed intelligence that the Chinese were concerned about a possible U.S. attack amid military exercises in the South China Sea. In the second call, Milley reportedly assured China that the U.S. would not attack or advance on them.

Milley gave his first public comments on the controversy Friday, telling The Associated Press the calls wereperfectly within the duties and responsibilitiesof his job. He also described the conversations as “常规” 和 ]完成 “在这种情况下让盟友和对手都放心,以确保战略稳定。”

MILLEY SPOKESMAN DEFENDS CALLS WITH CHINA AS ‘VITAL’ TO ‘AVOIDING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OR CONFLICT’

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who was in office during the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, 说他 “did not and would not ever authorizeMilley to have such calls, describing the allegations in the book as adisgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination.

我们. 官员, 然而, told Fox News the callswere not secret,” and were coordinated with the Defense secretary’s office.

Fox News learned that 15 officials were present for the calls, which were conducted via video conferencing. Sources familiar with the calls said that there were notetakers present for the calls, and that they had been made with the knowledge of Miller and his predecessor, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

福克斯新闻’ Brooke Singman and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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