WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. top general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice last year over concernsthen-President Donald Trump could spark a war with China as his potential election loss loomed and in its aftermath, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on Oct. 30, 2020 – four days before the presidential election – and again on Jan. 8, two days after Trump supporters led a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, the paper reported.
In the calls, Milley sought to assure Li the United States was stable and not going to attack and, if there were to be an attack, he would alert his counterpart ahead of time, the report said.
The report was based on “Peril,” a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which they said relied on interviews with 200 sources and is due to be released next week.
Milley’s office declined to comment. Representatives for Trump could not immediately be reached.
Asked about the report by reporters traveling with President Joe Biden aboard Air Force One, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment and referred them to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Department.
The Republican Trump named Milley to the top military post in 2018 but began criticizing him, as he has other appointees and former staffers, after losing the November election to Democrat Joe Biden and left the White House on Jan. 20.
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