Nearly eight months after Donald Trump’s presidency ended, a succession of new books have revealed dramatic details about his turbulent end to four years in the White House. Towards the end of his term, Trump’s behavior toward top US officials became so overwhelming that they began to question whether Trump’s mental stability after losing the 2020 election would be so compromised that he would lead the country to war.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so outraged by Trump supporters’ attack on the Capitol that she told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, that she called the president a “tyrant” who should have been arrested for a coup attempt. And General Milley himself was so upset with how Mr Trump’s antics looked to foreign opponents that he began a series of back-channel calls with his Chinese counterpart to reassure them that the US government was stable and Mr. Trump will not attack Beijing. .
Here are some new details risk, an upcoming book by Washington Post Writers Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Granthshala Received a copy of the book before the publication date of September 21. Here are some of the most explosive revelations in the book.
Trump’s top military adviser feared he would launch a nuclear attack on China
As a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from attesting to President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on January 6, Mr. Woodward and Mr. Costa wrote that General Milley became concerned that Mr. Trump ” go rogue” and will order a nuclear attack on China at some point before leaving office on January 20.
Two days after the attack on the Capitol, General Milley convened a meeting of senior officers in charge of the National Military Command Center to review the formal procedure for launching military action, including the release of nuclear weapons.
General Milley told the officers that they should disobey any orders that did not involve him.
“No matter what you are told, you process. You process. And I am part of that process,” Mr. Milley reportedly said before looking everyone in the eye and speaking to them verbally. Asked to confirm that they understood him.
Milley tells a Democratic House member he thinks Trump ‘wants’ his supporters to storm the Capitol
As a pro-Trump crowd raged at the US Capitol, Michigan Representative Alyssa Slotkin contacted General Milley by phone, where she and several of her aides took refuge from the crowd.
When Ms Slotkin told the general that she needed to bring the National Guard into the building, General Milley replied that help was on the way, and said she had informed Vice President Mike Pence – not the president.
He told Ms Slotkin that he believed Mr Trump wanted the riot to happen and was enjoying it according to the book.
“I think he wanted it. I think he likes it. I think he wants that anarchy. He wants his supporters to fight to the bitter end,” General Milley told Congresswoman, Book According to, before adding: “I don’t know.”
McCarthy had to convince Trump to leave a note for Biden
Ever since President Ronald Reagan left a handwritten note for incoming President George HW Bush in January 1989, the practice of an American leader delivering a message to his successor has become a tradition that encourages the peaceful transfer of power in the American system. Personalizes.
But that tradition almost came to an end when Mr Trump lost his bid for re-election. According to the book, Trump decided to write a handwritten message for Biden only after weeks of solicitation from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
When McCarthy and Trump spoke at 10 p.m. before Inauguration Day, Trump told them he had finished the note, but refused the California Republican’s urge to call Biden.
Mr McCarthy reportedly told him it would be “important for the country” for incoming and outgoing presidents to “make the transition real”, as Mr Trump told administration officials with Mr Biden’s transition team. stopped cooperating, until it became clear. The election was over and he was defeated.
“Do it for me,” she begged him. “You have to call him. Call Joe Biden.”
Mr Trump replied: “No.”
Mr. McCarthy would ask twice more, and Mr. Trump would refuse twice.
Trump Tells Lindsey Graham He Has ‘F*****’ His Presidency
Senator Lindsey Graham once called the former president “a race-baiting, xenophobic religious fanatic” but the South Carolina Republican would become one of Mr. Trump’s closest aides on Capitol Hill.
According to Mr Woodward and Mr Costa, Mr Graham has continued to speak with Mr Trump regularly during his presidency and counts him as an ally, but there have been some rocky moments in their alliance.
During a midsummer phone call between the two men, Mr Graham criticized his close aide for allegedly lying about the 2020 election.
“You keep saying the election was rigged and you were deceived – you lost a close election,” the senator continued, according to the book.
The former president, who has been impeached twice, reportedly hung up after telling Mr Trump to “you f***** up your presidency”.
President said his Jewish son-in-law was more loyal to Israel than America
During a White House meeting, Mr Trump reportedly said that senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is married to his daughter Ivanka, is “more loyal to Israel than the United States”.
Mr. Kushner, an observant Jew whose family owns and operates a large real estate business, was tasked with handling the Trump administration’s Middle East peace strategy early on in his father-in-law’s presidency. And while his family has deep personal and financial ties with the Jewish state, Mr. Kushner is a US citizen and does not hold dual nationality with Israel.
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