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Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who reported the phone call to Ukraine that resulted in President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial, is photographed in his home on July 29, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Hannah Gaber, in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who reported the phone call to Ukraine that resulted in President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial, is photographed in his home on July 29, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Hannah Gaber, in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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Trump whistleblower accuses Gen. Milley of breaking chain of command

A new book claiming that Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held calls with Chinese military leaders to head off a nuclear confrontation prompted swift backlash from many Trump allies — and one very consequential Trump critic.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the whistleblower who reported calls with Ukraine that led to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, called for Milley's ouster over the top general's phone calls.

Milley, the top-ranking officer in the military, made two phone calls with his Chinese counterpart in 2020 to assure them that the U.S. would not launch a nuclear strike, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.

Is Milley really in "Peril"? On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he still has "great confidence" in Milley. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also offered the administration's endorsement of the top general, continuing that Milley "went through the normal channels of communication" and did not subvert the chain of command.

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A former Pennsylvania lawmaker’s $15,000 message to Biden

Billboards showing President Joe Biden "Making the Taliban Great Again" recently popped up in Pennsylvania, and state Sen. Scott Wagner is staking claim for them.

The billboards depict President Joe Biden dressed in Taliban garb and holding a rocket-propelled grenade, and they bear the phrase, “Making the Taliban Great Again!” The phrase, of course, apes former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and rallying cry for his supporters, “Make America Great Again!”

How much did this cost? Wagner took to the highways and byways of central Pennsylvania, renting out a dozen billboards at a cost of about $15,000.

Why did he do this? Wagner said he felt the need to express his opinion because the pullout in Afghanistan, and the ensuing chaos as the government collapsed with astonishing speed, “is an absolute mess and a tragedy.”

The billboards have attracted a lot of attention on social media and from passersby, with mixed reactions. Those who support Biden believe the billboards are disrespectful and crude. Those who don’t, well, don’t.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump whistleblower slams Gen. Milley for China call

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