The top US military officer has taken covert steps to limit former President Donald Trump’s ability to launch a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons, according to a new book.
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley was worried Mr. Asset would become a “thug” following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
It is one of a number of explosive claims from the authors of Peril, a book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
They write that General Milley was deeply disturbed by the attack on Capitol Hill and “was certain that Trump had entered a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now almost manic, yelling at officials and building his own reality alternative. on endless electoral conspiracies. “
“You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” he reportedly told his staff, according to CNN.
In a bold move, the top military officer called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the processes for launching military action and nuclear weapons.
He reportedly told officials at the Pentagon’s war room, the National Military Command Center, not to take any orders unless he was involved.
General Milley told officials, “No matter what you are told, you are doing the procedure. You do the process. And I am part of this procedure ”.
“Understood?” he asked, according to the book.
The officials reportedly replied “yes, sir” and the authors wrote that General Milley “considered this to be an oath”.
Details of the book, due out September 21, were first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday.
It is based on more than 200 interviews with participants and witnesses to the events covered, providing insight into Mr. Trump’s erratic behavior during his final days in office, which reportedly included yelling at his senior executives as he clung to power.
General Milley’s fear of what Mr. Trump might do in his final weeks as president prompted him to call his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, twice to assure him that the two nations did not. suddenly go to war.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything will be fine,” General Milley told him during the first call on October 30, 2020, according to the book. “We are not going to attack or conduct kinetic operations against you.”
“If we’re going to attack, I’ll call you ahead of time. It won’t be a surprise,” General Milley reportedly said.
The second call came on January 8, 2021, just two days after the uprising on the United States Capitol by supporters of the incumbent president.
Mr Trump said General Milley should stand trial for treason if the report was true.
The book also delves into Joe Biden’s decision to run again and examines the first six months of his presidency – and why he insisted so hard on withdrawing from Afghanistan. He also explains how he really feels about Mr. Trump.