President Donald Trump's fraught relations with senior military officers ratcheted up another notch on Thursday as Gen. Mark Milley, the top U.S. general, formally apologized for appearing in Trump's June 1 photo-op at St. John's Episcopal Church after police and National Guard officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to clear protesters from nearby Lafayette Square, across from the White House. "I should not have been there," Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a prerecorded commencement address to National Defense University. "My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics." Last week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who also appeared in the photo-op, told reporters that he too shouldn't have been there, further claiming that he didn't know where he was going when Trump led him to the church. Esper also said that he opposed invoking the Insurrection Act to bring active-duty soldiers to quell disorder in D.C., as Trump had threatened to do.
Jennifer Griffin went on "America's Newsroom" and revealed more details on Gen. Mark Milley's egations that he tried to undermine former President Donald Trump surfaced. The calls that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley had with his Chinese counterpart "were not secret," U.S. officials told Fox News, maintaining that they were coordinated with multiple high level officials within the Pentagon. The allegations are included in a new book co-written by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Bob Costa. MILLEY SECRETLY CALLED CHINESE OFFICIALS OUT OF FEAR TRUMP WOULD'ATTACK' IN FINAL DAYS, BOOK CLAIMS The book alleges that Milley made two secret phone calls, both to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place prior to the 2020 presidential election on Oct. 30, 2020, and two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Jan. 8, 2021.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley maintained his "absolute" loyalty to the United States Tuesday, and said he made top Trump administration officials aware of calls with his Chinese counterpart, despite reports to the contrary. Milley, in his opening statement during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, addressed allegations that he held "secret" calls with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army in October 2020 and days after the Capitol riot in January 2021. Milley has faced calls to resign since the revelations were made public earlier this month. The book "Peril" by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claims that Milley contacted Li after he had reviewed intelligence that suggested Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack on China amid military exercises in the South China Sea. The book claims Milley contacted Li a second time to reassure him that the U.S. would not make any type of advances or attack China in any form.
President Trump on Saturday addressed the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, telling them they are the "bravest of the brave" and hailing the durability of America's institutions "against the passions and prejudices of the moment." "To the eleven hundred and seven cadets who today become the newest officers in the most exceptional Army ever to take the field of battle, I am here to offer America's salute. Thank you for answering your nation's call," he said. The address at West Point in New York was the one remaining military service academy where he had yet to give a graduation address. "This premier military academy produces only the best of the best -- the strongest of the strong -- and the bravest of the brave," he said.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fired back at GOP lawmakers who questioned the military's interest in studying critical race theory on Wednesday during a tense exchange at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Milley's response followed a question from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who asked top military officials to clarify the Defense Department's approach to critical race theory. Gaetz and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., expressed concern about discussions regarding critical race theory and "white rage" at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.