Pompeo told Fox News that during his tenure with the previous administration, which began as Trump’s CIA director, he “often” saw senior military leaders behave in “ways that were political.”
“I saw too often in the Trump administration senior leaders, three and four-star generals many of whose names you wouldn’t know, acting in ways that were political,” Pompeo, a West Point graduate and former U.S. congressman, said.
“Sometimes trying to protect themselves, but often thinking they just knew more than the people who were tasked with conducting America’s diplomacy around the world from the commander-in-chief, the secretary of state, and even the confirmed secretary of defense,” he added.
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Pompeo’s comments come on the heels of the publication of excerpts of a forthcoming book, “Peril,” by authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in the Washington Post that said Milley was allegedly so concerned Trump would launch a war with China that he contacted his counterpart there to assure him the U.S. would not strike his country.
“In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. ‘General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,’” the Post reported.
Miller said in an interview with Fox News that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Milley to have “secret” calls with Li or any other top Chinese general, adding that he thinks the allegations against Milley are a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination.”
He added that Milley ought to resign “immediately.”
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said.
“The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”