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President Donald Trump speaks as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Army General Mark Milley looks on after a briefing from senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Gen. Milley appears to defend talking to China behind President Trump’s back

The chairman of the Joints Chiefs has tried to defend his actions after it was revealed he may have made contact with Chinese officials behind the back of 45th President Donald Trump. In a statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Gen. Mark Milley claimed his talks with Chinese officials last October and this past January were aimed at “maintaining strategic stability.”