Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Mille, took top secret action to stop former President Donald Trump from using nuclear weapons, says a new book.
General Milley took it upon himself to limit Mr. Trump’s ability to order a military strike, just two days after the January 6 Capitol riots.
Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, both Washington Post, report in his new book risk That General Milley was utterly distraught by the attack on the Capitol and that he “was certain that Trump had gone into severe mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all frantic, yelling at officials and creating his own alternate reality.” were about endless election conspiracies”.
Mr Woodward and Mr Costa also write that General Milley was concerned that Mr Trump “might be evil,” CNN reported.
The book says that General Milley told his top staff: “You never know what the president’s trigger point is.”
The top military leader hosted a secret meeting in his office at the Pentagon on January 8 to review the process of launching military action, including the launch of nuclear weapons.
General Milley told the officers in charge of the Pentagon’s war room – the National Military Command Center – not to obey any orders unless he was involved.
According to risk, General Milley told the officers: “No matter what you’re called, you process. You process. And I’m part of that process.”
He then asked each officer to verbally confirm that they understood as he looked them in the eye.
“Understood?” General Milley asked.
“Yes, sir,” replied the officers. General Milley “considered it an oath,” writes the journalist.
The book is based on more than 200 interviews, including those directly participating in the events covered, as well as witnesses, and depicts Trump unabashedly shouting at his senior staff as he remains in office. Let’s try.
General Milley became concerned as he observed Mr Trump’s erratic behavior and became even more concerned about US national security after the events of 6 January. The top military leader had two phone calls with China’s top general, who had become uneasy with the unrest in the United States.
The authors write that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told General Milley during a tense phone call: “If they can’t even stop him from attacking the Capitol, who knows what else he can do? And in charge of the White House.” Whoever was doing it but is there anyone in there kissing your fat butt all over it?”
“You know he is crazy. He has been mad for a long time,” she said.
“Madam Speaker, I agree with you,” replied the general, according to risk. After the call, General Milley asked his service chiefs to watch everything “at all times”.
He then called National Security Agency (NSA) director Paul Nakasone.
“Needles up… keep watching, scan,” he told General Nakasone.
“Aggressively look at everything, 360,” General Milley told then-CIA director Gina Haspel.
“Milli were overseeing the mobilization of America’s national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world,” write Mr. Woodward and Mr. Costa. He states that “some may argue that Milley had exceeded his authority and had taken extraordinary power for himself” but the general thought it was “a good faith belief to ensure that the international order”. There was no historical breakdown in the U.S., no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons”.
After finding out that Mr Trump had signed a memorandum written by two of his aides directing the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021, without informing the national security team, General Milley could not forget that Mr Trump was over. Chief of Army.
After the January 6 uprising, General Milley “felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or rely on Trump and believed that it was his job as a senior military officer to think of the unthinkable.” and take any and all necessary precautions,” the authors write.
General Mille thought it was “the darkest moment of theoretical possibility”.
Mr Woodward and Mr Costa write that Mr Trump could launch a conflict with the US or abroad to distract the country and the world from his election defeat to President Joe Biden.
After Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept the election in November of 2020, Director Haspel told General Milley: “We’re on the path of a right-wing coup. The whole thing is madness. He’s like a six-year-old with a tantrum.” acting.” She was also concerned that Mr Trump might take action to attack Iran.
“It’s an extremely dangerous situation. We’re going to bash his ego?” He asked General Milley.
Some of Trump’s aides also expressed their concerns about Mr Trump after he lost to Mr Biden.
The then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told General Milley that Mr Trump is “in a very dark place right now”.
On January 20, General Milley’s focus was on ensuring a peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration.
“We have a plane with four engines and three of them are out. We don’t have any landing gear. But we’re going to land this plane and we’re going to land it safely,” he told Mr. Pompeo .
The day after the election, on November 4, 2020, Mr Trump asked adviser Kellyanne Conway: “How did we lose the vote to Joe Biden?”
He seemed to have accepted that he was defeated, but later delved into election conspiracy theories after phone calls with aides such as Rudy Giuliani.
“The problem is this stuff about voting machines is just bull**t,” then-Attorney General Bill Barr told Trump, according to risk. “Your team is a bunch of clowns.”
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon left the administration in August 2017 and was convicted in April 2020, but was later pardoned by Mr Trump. Mr Bannon once again became a prominent figure in the days before the Capitol riots on 6 January. He convinced Trump on December 30 to return to the White House from Mar-a-Lago to prepare for January 6, the day Congress was going to certify Biden’s Electoral College victory.
“You have to return to Washington and make a …
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