ICYMI: Hartzler Renews Call for Resignation Following Exchange with General Milley
WASHINGTON, D.C.—During today’s House Armed Services Committee Hearing with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) questioned Gen. Milley on his calls with Chinese officials as described in the book, “Peril,” from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
Watch the exchange below:
Read more about Rep. Hartzler’s questions via The Hill:
Earlier during Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) asked Milley if reports were true that he told Li he would give him a call before a U.S. attack in a call last October. The calls between Milley and Li, which took place on Oct. 30 and Jan. 8, were recently revealed in the book “Peril.”
“As part of that conversation, I said, 'Gen Li, there’s not going to be a war, there’s not going to be attacks between great powers,'” Milley answered, describing his Oct. 30 call with Li. “'And if there was, the tensions would build up, there would be calls going back and forth from all kinds of senior officials.' I said, 'Hell, Gen. Li, I’ll probably give you a call, but we’re not going to attack you. Trust me. We’re not going to attack you.'”
“These are two great powers and I’m doing my best to transmit the president’s intent, President Trump’s intent, to ensure that the American people are protected from an incident that could escalate,” Milley added.
Hartzler responded by telling Milley she believes he should resign.
“I understand your intent. I think you articulating that, that you would tell him, you would give him a call, I think is worthy of your resignation,” Hartzler said. “I just think that is against our country that you would give our No. 1 adversary that information and tell him that.”