Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who rose to prominence for testifying against President Donald Trump during a 2019 impeachment hearing, said Gen. Mark Milley “must resign” if allegations that he sought to circumvent Trump and warn China of a potential U.S. attack are true.
According to excerpts from a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, Milley held a pair of phone calls with a Chinese counterpart on Oct. 30, 2020 and again on Jan. 8, 2021 assuring he would provide forwarning of any potential U.S. attack on China. In one of the phone calls, Milley allegedly said, “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.”
Reacting to the Washington Post’s reporting, Vindman tweeted, “If this is true GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that. #dotherightthingintherightway.”