Top general feared Trump might launch nuclear battle, new book says

Before President Trump left office, the nation’s high navy officer feared Mr. Trump might create a disaster that will permit him to declare a nationwide emergency and keep in energy, regardless of shedding the election. That worry prompted General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to make secret calls to his counterpart in China, in keeping with a forthcoming book.

Milley was so fearful Mr. Trump might begin a battle with China that he positioned a secret name to his Chinese counterpart assuring him the U.S. had no intention of hanging, in keeping with the book “Peril” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. 

“If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time,” the authors quote Milley as saying. He made a second name to China after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, saying, “We are 100% steady. Everything’s fine.”

After the Capitol riot, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi known as Milley asking him what safeguards had been in place to stop Mr. Trump from beginning a nuclear battle. A transcript of the cellphone name obtained by Woodward and Costa quotes Pelosi as saying, “He’s crazy.” 

“I agree with you on everything,” Milley replied, in keeping with the book.

Milley informed nuclear management officers they needed to examine with him first — it doesn’t matter what orders they acquired from the president, the book says. 

Another merchandise that sparked Milley’s concern was a letter from Mr. Trump — despatched two days after he fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper — that directed Milley to drag all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in two months. 

The book additionally quotes Mr. Trump as telling Mike Pence, his at all times loyal vp, that if he did not refuse to certify the 2020 election outcomes, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore.” Mr. Trump later informed Pence: “You’ve betrayed us. I made you. You were nothing.” 

“Peril”, set to be launched on September 21, is revealed by Simon & Schuster, a division of ViacomCBS. 

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