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McConnell told Biden not to call Trump after election, fearing it would anger erratic president: book


Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Listens to the Senate Rules Committee hold a hearing on the “For the People Act,” which would expand access to voting and other voting reforms, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Scott J. Applewhite / AP

  • McConnell was very concerned that a call from Biden after the 2020 election would launch Trump into a fury, according to a new book.

  • It worked through a back channel to prevent a call from occurring.

  • It came as key leaders and officials in the country feared Trump would take drastic action in his final days in office.

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After the 2020 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was so concerned about President Donald Trump’s reaction to a phone call from President-elect Joe Biden that he worked through a backchannel for s ‘ensure that doesn’t happen, according to an excerpt from a new book by reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa obtained by The Washington Post.

McConnell feared that a call from Biden could launch Trump into a fury, according to Woodward and Costa’s book “Peril,” due out next week.

So he asked GOP Senator John Cornyn of Texas to ask Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who has a close relationship with Biden, to tell the president-elect not to call Trump, according to the snippet.

Trump refused to accept the election results, despite no evidence of massive fraud or major irregularities. He has repeatedly and baselessly claimed that Biden robbed him of the election. His lies helped spark the deadly January 6 insurgency.

McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Kentucky Republican’s dismay at Trump’s potential reaction to a phone call came as a number of senior U.S. leaders and officials grew concerned about the former president’s erratic behavior, fearing that ‘He did not take drastic measures during his last days in power.

The country’s top general, Mark Milley, was “certain that Trump had entered a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election,” the book said.

Woodward and Costa wrote that Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had contacted his Chinese counterpart twice in Trump’s final months to assure him that the United States would not launch an attack on the United States. China.

There were also concerns that Trump would launch a strike against Iran as he leaves office amid heightened tensions over the US adversary’s nuclear program, which has been detailed in numerous reports. After a meeting on the matter in November, the book indicates that CIA Director Gina Haspel called Milley and said, “This is a very dangerous situation. Are we going to go after his ego?

Woodward and Costa also obtained a transcript of a call that took place between Milley and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 8, two days after the Capitol uprising. According to the book, Pelosi wanted to know “what precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”

Milley told Pelosi there were “a lot of controls in the system,” according to the book. Pelosi then told Trump’s Milley, “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy.”

The book says Milley told Pelosi that he agreed with her “on everything.”

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