UPDATED 9:02 AM PT – Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has called on chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to tell the truth about his secret talks with China. Additionally, the Kentucky lawmaker has called for him to resign in case improper conduct is revealed.
The Republican senator said Wednesday, Gen. Milley must be asked under polygraph about what exactly he said to Chinese officials. Paul added, if Bob Woodward’s account of events is true then Milley may have subverted the chain of command and colluded with China.
Paul also said Milley’s actions could have triggered a nuclear war because his words could be easily be misinterpreted by either Chinese or U.S. officials.
“We can’t have a general talking to foreign countries and saying ‘hey we think our president might bomb you so be prepared, I’m going to try to stop him,'” explained the senator. “That might actually cause an accidental war. Think about it. We have different things that are launched into space all the time — satellites, this and that — and they can be interpreted as a missile.”
Paul became the second senator to call for the removal Milley while taking to Twitter to suggest the general is working to “subvert the military chain of command and collude with China.” He said along with his hand in the withdrawal from Afghanistan, it’s clear Milley isn’t fit to serve as Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"Gen. Milley needs to be called in TODAY and asked under polygraph what he said to China."
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 15, 2021
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also called for Milley’s removal. In a letter to Joe Biden, the Florida lawmaker stated that Milley undermined President Trump while colluding with Beijing.
Rubio’s letter detailed his concerns that Milley “worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China.” The Republican senator called these actions a “clear lack of sound judgement.”
Milley reportedly told his Chinese counterpart, “if we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”