The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward praised the alleged actions of Gen. Mark Milley in his new book “Peril” as “courageous” during an interview Tuesday.
Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, captured headlines last week after a scene in Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril” described the general going behind the back of former President Donald Trump to assure China the U. S. wouldn’t do anything rash.
The book alleges Milley placed two calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, one prior to the 2020 presidential election on Oct. 30, 2020, and the other two days after the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill after receiving intelligence that China feared the U. S. would attack them. The phone calls were never mentioned to Trump, according to Woodward’s and Costa’s reporting.
On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Woodward praised Milley for his actions, which reportedly included calling to put China’s mind at ease.
“The one courageous person who did something was Gen. Milley,” Woodward told Colbert, before describing a scene from the book which “took their breaths away.”
Following an urgent phone call from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in which she expressed her concerns about Trump starting a nuclear war, Woodward said Milley assembled military officials for a meeting to discuss the “procedures” they would … (Read more)