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White House defends Joint Chiefs chair after Woodward report

President Biden on Wednesday expressed “great confidence” in Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley after a new book said the general secretly assured his Chinese counterpart that President Trump had no plans to launch an attack.The big picture: Details emerged that Milley told his Chinese counterpart that if Trump did decide to attack, Milley would give…

President Biden on Wednesday expressed “great confidence” in Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley after a new book said the general secretly assured his Chinese counterpart that President Trump had no plans to launch an attack.

The big picture: Details emerged that Milley told his Chinese counterpart that if Trump did decide to attack, Milley would give him a heads-up, Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports.

  • New excerpts from “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa report secret moves by the highest-ranking military officers to manage national security risks that they believed former President Trump posed near the end of his term.

What they’re saying: “The president has worked side by side with Chairman Milley for almost eight months as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Wednesday.

  • “His experience with him has been that he is a patriot, he is somebody who has fidelity to the Constitution, and he has confidence in his leadership and the role he has played in his experience with him.”
  • “I can’t speak to anonymous unconfirmed reports about prior conversations during the last administration,” Psaki said.

What to watch: Milley will testify at a Sept. 28 Sen

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