Former President Trump on Tuesday said the United States' top military officer was guilty of treason if he went behind his back and promised to warn China of an impending attack.
He was responding to bombshell revelations in a new book claiming that Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, twice called his Chinese counterpart last year over concerns that then President Trump was ready to go to war.
'If it is actually true - which is hard to believe that he would have called China, and done these things and was willing to advise them of an attack or in advance of an attack - that's treason,' said Trump during an interview with Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV.
Excerpts from 'Peril,' by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, were published on Tuesday suggesting Milley feared Trump would launch a war in the wake of November's election defeat to Joe Biden.
Milley sought to assure Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army that the U.S. was not about to launch strikes in the calls.
In one call he said he would use backchannels to alert his counterpart if an attack were imminent.
The deadlines triggered a wave of condemnation from Republicans who demanded Milley's resignation and accusations of treason.
An angry Trump dismissed the claims and said Milley was trying to distract from his own role in Afghanistan.
'I think he's trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan, the worst, the dumbest thing that anybody's seen ... probably the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to our country,' he said.
Former President Trump accused the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of treason as he responded to claims on Tuesday that Gen Mark Milley told his Chinese counterpart he would warn him of any impending US attack amid +11