General Mark Milley visibly scoffed after Representative Ronny Jackson blasted his military leadership and called on him to resign.
Jackson, a former US Navy Rear Admiral who served as physician to presidents Obama and Trump, angered the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a House Armed Services committee meeting Wednesday.
He said: ‘Yesterday Senator Cotton asked you why you haven’t resigned because of your dereliction of duty to this country and your inability to do your job and protect this country.
‘Well I submit to you sir that you should resign because of your dereliction of duty to do your job and protect this country.
‘It has become abundantly clear that the American people have completely lost confidence in your ability to do your job.
‘General Milley will you now resign?’
Milley then scoffed and smirked before replying with ‘I serve at the pleasure of the president, Mr. Jackson.’
Jackson was referring to Senator Tom Cotton’s condemnation of Milley over his behavior while serving under former President Trump.
He told military top brass to run any strikes ordered by Trump past him first, and also soothed a Chinese general by saying he’d warn him if the US launched an attack against Beijing, amid fears over Trump’s unpredictability.
Jackson, a Republican Representative for Texas, also shared his anger at Milley and Biden’s woke attitude to the military.
General Mark Milley was asked to resign on Wednesday during a House Armed Services committee meeting
Rep. Ronny Jackson asked for Milley’s resignation due to his poor lack of military direction after he placed calls to China to confirm the U.S. would not launch an attack and undermining former President Trump’s military plans
Milley’s sense of ‘woke’ military direction has said to have been influenced by President Biden who was also criticized for his Afghanistan withdrawal method
‘Just two days prior to when these provinces fell, you were here in our committee on June 23rd. You sat before this committee, and you listed some of your concerns that we talked in depth about,’ Jackson said.
‘One was defending critical race theory in the military, telling us you want to understand white rage, telling us how offended you were to be labeled as ‘woke,’ and worrying about what caused American civilians to enter the Capitol on January 6th.
‘I submit to you that perhaps we would not have had 13 service members and hundreds of Afghans killed, 18 service members wounded, and countless US citizens abandoned and left as Taliban hostages if you had been more focused on your duty to this country instead of defending and pandering to the Biden administration’s ‘woke social experiment’ with the United States military, doing book interviews, and colluding with Chinese military officials.’
Jackson was not the only official to comment on Milley’s actions as Trump loyalist Matt Gaetz also used the opportunity to slam him.
He waved a copy of ‘Peril,’ a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that claims Milley promised his China counterpart early warning of any impending attack as he criticized the officials of trying to burnish their own records.
‘You said yesterday that you weren’t going to resign when senators asked you this question, and I believe that you guys probably won’t resign,’ he said.
‘You seem to be very happy failing up over there. But if we didn’t have a president that was so addled, you all would be fired.’
Rep. Matt Gaetz told Milley that if Biden was not so ‘addled’ he would probably have been fired. Gaetz waved a copy of Peril at the hearing which partially detailed Milley’s calls to China
A day earlier, Republican Senator Dan Sullivan suggested Milley would be executed in China for offering an adversary early warning of attack.
‘If the head of the [People’s Liberation Army] called you and said, ‘Hey, we’re getting ready to invade Taiwan’ and [Chinese President] Xi Jinping found out about it, he’d be shot,’ said Sullivan.
Rep. Liz Cheney, however, came to Milley’s defense after he was being continuously trampled on by her colleagues.
‘General Milley, you found yourself in your constitutionally prescribed role, standing in the breach,’ said Cheney, who was ousted from a party leadership position for criticizing Trump and one of only two Republicans on the House committee investing the Jan. 6 violence.
‘And for any member of this committee, for any American to question your loyalty to our nation, to question your understanding of our constitution, your loyalty to our constitution, your recognition and understanding of the civilian chain of command is despicable.
‘I want to apologize for those members of this committee who have done so, and I want to thank you for standing in the breach when so many, including many in this room, failed to do so.’
Rep. Liz Cheney defended Milley after her colleagues continuously criticized his actions and pushed for his resignation
Milley had also previously defended his actions in hearings with Senate and House lawmakers stating that Trump administration officials knew of his plans and that it was not a one-man job.
‘The calls on 30 October and 8 January were coordinated before and after with (Defense) Secretary (Mark T.)Esper and acting secretary (Christopher C.) Miller’s staffs and the interagency,’ Milley said on Tuesday, according to Business Insider.
‘I believe that was faithfully executing the intent of the president, the United States at the time, because I knew with certainty that President Trump was not going to attack the Chinese just out of the blue.’