Jen Psaki Defends Joint Chiefs Chairman’s Olive Branch to China
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley’s decision to reach out to his Chinese counterpart due to what Milley described as former President Donald Trump’s “serious mental decline” following his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. According to a new book scheduled for release next week, Milley feared that Trump would “go rogue” and potentially order a nuclear strike in order to maintain power.
On Tuesday, Trump responded by accusing Milley of treason.
Pressed by multiple reporters on the subject during a media briefing on Wednesday, Psaki said that, unlike Trump, Biden has not and is not seeking to overthrow the government or start a war to save his own skin.
“Well, beyond this president, or any president, it’s the obligation of every Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to follow Constitutional orders to prevent unlawful military action,” Psaki said of Biden. “This president has no intention of fomenting unrest or an insurrection. He has no intention of, obviously, moving forward or recommending unlawful military action. He has no intention of working in a way that is outside of what his national security team, what his military commanders, are aligned with him on. I mean, obviously, they’re going to give him a range of recommendations, but, you know, he has no intention of working outside of what is legally allowable. So I don’t think that’s gonna be an issue for this president.”
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.@PressSec on Gen. Milley: "It's the obligation of every Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to follow Constitutional orders to prevent unlawful military action. This president has no intention of fomenting unrest or an insurrection."
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 15, 2021