The American people are furious again this week, and rightly so.
They’ve learned in the past few days about incidents that occurred at the end of then-President Trump’s first term in which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went over the Commander in Chief’s head to assure a hostile foreign nation that they would be warned of any impending attack.
The news had plenty of pundits and politicians crying “treason” on Twitter, and the incident stole the headlines for well over a whole day.
But the Pentagon would rather not talk about it.
The Pentagon declined to confirm or deny reports from a new book alleging that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley overstepped his power during the end of the Trump presidency.
“I can’t speak to the validity,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin when asked about the specific allegation that Milley secretly attempted to prevent Trump from having the ability to launch nuclear weapons, a claim published in the new book co-written by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Bob Costa. “But I see nothing in what I’ve read that would cause any concern.”
“It is completely appropriate for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the senior military adviser to both the secretary and the president to want to see those protocols reviewed on whatever frequent basis he wants to do that,” Kirby said.
This bit of skillful dodging has become a staple of the Joe Biden administration, with the President himself often using as few words as possible and interacting with the press as infrequently as the bare minimum will allow for.