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Milley Acted To Stop Trump From Misuse Of Nuclear Weapons, War With China, Book Says

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took action to prevent then-President Donald Trump from misusing the country’s nuclear arsenal in the last month of his presidency , according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post obtained by NBC News. .

Their book, “Peril,” said in the days leading up to the 2020 election, Milley had also acted to prevent a potential conflict with China. The book says Milley received information that Chinese authorities believed the United States was preparing to attack them. In order to defuse the tensions, Milley called the head of the Chinese army, General Li Zuocheng, and told him that “the US government is stable” and “we are not going to attack”.

“If we’re going to attack, I’ll call you ahead of time. It won’t be a surprise,” Milley reportedly said.

“We’re not going to fight,” Milley told him, according to the book. Li replied, “Okay.” “I’ll take your word for it,” Li said.

Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., September 1, 2021.Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Trump told Newsmax on Tuesday night that he “never thought” of attacking China.

“For him, to say that I was going to attack China is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard,” he said.

Trump said if Milley told the Chinese he would warn them before an attack that the conversation is “betrayal.”

“It’s a shame,” Trump said.

The book, due for release on September 21, also recounts a phone conversation Milley had with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the January 6 violence on Capitol Hill, which Pelosi blamed on an “unbalanced” Trump. . Pelosi said in January she had spoken to Milley about “preventing an unstable president from starting military hostilities or accessing launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”

“I can guarantee you, you can take it to the bank, that there will be, that the nuclear triggers are secure and we are not going to do that – we are not going to allow anything crazy, illegal, immoral or unethical happen, ”Milley told him, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the authors.

“The president alone can order the use of nuclear weapons. But he does not make the decision alone. One person can order it, several people must initiate it,” he said later in the conversation.

After the call, Milley summoned senior officers from the National Military Command Center to review nuclear weapon launch procedures, according to the book. He told the officers that if they got a call, “you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of this procedure,” he said – making sure he was in the know. of any planned military action, the mentioned book.

These scenarios did not materialize.

The book also revealed a previously unreported call between then-VP Mike Pence and former VP Dan Quayle in late December. Pence was seeking advice on Trump’s request to refuse to recognize election results during the Jan.6 vote count.

Quayle thought Trump’s suggestion was “absurd and dangerous,” according to the book. He told Pence: “You have no flexibility about it. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away.”

Pence told him, “I tried to tell Trump”, but “there are other guys out there who say I have that power.”

“You don’t,” Quayle told him.

Pence told his Indian compatriot he had concerns about the Arizona vote. Quayle replied, “Mike, I live in Arizona.” “There is nothing here,” he said.