WATCH: Milley says “I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese”

During Tuesday’s Senate hearings, Gen. Milley addressed his controversial calls with China.

“I am specifically directed to communicate with the Chinese by Department of Defense guidance, the policy dialogue system,” Milley said. “These military-to-military communications at the highest level are critical to the security of the United States in order to deconflict military actions, manage crises, and prevent war between great powers that are armed with the world’s most deadliest weapons.”

“The calls on 30 October and 8 January were coordinated before and after with Secretary Esper and acting Secretary Miller’s staffs and the interagency. The specific purpose of the October and January calls were generated by concerning intelligence which caused us to believe the Chinese were worried about an attack on them by the United States,” he continued.

“I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese,” Milley added. and it is my directed responsibility, and it was my directed responsibility by the secretary, to convey that intent to the Chinese.”

“I explained to [speaker Pelosi] that the president is the sole nuclear launch authority, but he doesn’t launch them alone. And that I am not qualified to determine the mental health of the president of the United States. There are processes, protocols and procedures in place, and I repeatedly assured her that there was no chance of an illegal, unauthorized, or accidental launch,” he concluded.