President Joe Biden is standing by Gen. Mark Milley, the top military officer in the United States, following reports that he secretly called a Chinese general during former President Donald Trump’s administration and promised to tip off the communist country.
Several anonymously sourced reports alleged Milley called Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army once in 2020 and another time in January to assure him that the United States would not attack the Chinese Communist Party and if they were poised to attack, he would alert his counterpart.
Republicans described the actions of Milley as treasonous if they indeed took place, but Biden is backing the Trump appointee.
“I have great confidence in General Milley,” Biden told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
His brief comment, which did not touch on the veracity of the allegations, came after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters