White House backs Mark Milley after reports he called China Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaWashington The White House rallied on Wednesday around General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs, after a prominent Republican called for his resignation following reports of back-channel calls with his Chinese counterpart at the end of the Trump administration.“The president has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism, and his fidelity to our Constitution,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the daily White House briefing. President Joe Biden later told reporters that he has “great confidence” in Milley.The calls were reported in “Peril,” a new book by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa about the rocky transition as the presidency shifted from Donald Trump to Biden.According to the book, Milley spoke with his Chinese counterpart in October and January. Milley wanted to allay fears that an increasingly desperate Trump might launch a unilateral attack.The first call took place shortly before the election, and the second came January 8, two days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S.Capitol, seeking to overturn the results of the election by force. Critics, such as Florida’s Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for Biden to fire Milley immediately.But Wednesday’s vote of confidence from the White House made it appear that the president has no immediate plans to replace Milley, whose four-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs runs through October 2023.Two narratives have sprung up around Milley’s phone calls. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES China, France rankled by new US, UK, Australia defence pact Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Four detained after threat to German synagogue on Yom Kippur Sep 17, 2021 0 0 US reports one of the highest daily COVID death tolls in 2021 Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Elton John announces rescheduled Europe tour dates with ‘heavy heart’ London Sir Elton John has said it is with “great sadness and a heavy heart” that he has been forced to postpone his upcoming European and British tour dates to 2023 due to injury. The musician, 74, was due to embark on dates .. Pfizer/BioNTech booster raises COVID protection for seniors: Study Berlin A Covid-19 booster vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech for people over 60 years old considerably increases the protective effect, according to a study. There were more than 10 times as many proven infections and .. IAEA raises nuclear energy estimates for first time since Fukushima dpa Vienna The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised upwards its forecast for the global expansion of nuclear energy for the first time in 10 years. The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear .. 3,000 French health sector workers suspended for being unvaccinated Paris Around 3,000 health sector workers in France have been temporarily suspended from their jobs for not meeting Wednesday’s deadline for being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Health Minister Olivier ..