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Retired general says Milley’s calls with China are normal and being 'sensationalized'

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On The Story With Martha MacCallum Wednesday, retired General Jack Keane joined the show, and became one of the few on the network coming to the defense of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. Milley is accused in the upcoming book, Peril, of secretly calling his Chinese counterpart over the Chinese government’s supposed concerns that former President Trump would start a war in an effort to remain in office.

“General Milley’s making a phone call to provide reassurances, which is his job,” Keane said. “I mean, he's executing his responsibility and he’s doing it in concert with his own advisers and then sharing that with the interagency.”

While the alleged secrecy of the calls have enraged some Republicans, accusing him of treason and of undermining Trump, it was reported on Wednesday from Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin that the calls were in fact coordinated with high level Pentagon officials. Even Trump’s hand-picked Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reportedly took the lead on the first call. Keane believes that once all the facts come out, they’ll be much less salacious than the spin happening at the moment.

“I don’t see anything that is undermining the civilian control of the military,” Keane said. “If you took the facts, that are, I think, being sensationalized in this report, that would be an issue, as you (McCallum) just regurgitated here. But that is not what the Pentagon is reporting. It seems to be pretty much in sync with what we're used to seeing.”

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