The United States’ top military officer has taken secret action to limit former President Donald Trump’s ability to launch a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons, according to a new book.
It is among a number of explosive claims by the authors of Peril – a book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
They write that General Milley was deeply disturbed by the attack on the Capitol and “was sure that Trump had entered a severe mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now anything but manic, shouting at officials and constructing his own alternative reality of infinity. election conspiracies. “
“You never know what a president triggers,” he told his staff, according to CNN.
In a bold move, the top military summoned a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the processes for launching military operations and nuclear weapons.
He would have told the officials in charge of the Pentagon’s war room, the National Military Command Center, not to take any orders if he was not involved.
Gen Milley told officials: “No matter what you are told, you are doing the procedure. You are doing the process. And I am part of that procedure.”
“I get it?” he asked, according to the book.
Officials are said to have answered “yes, sir” and the authors wrote that Gen Milley “considered it an oath”.
Details of the book, which will be released on September 21, were first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
It is based on more than 200 interviews with participants and witnesses to the covered events, which provides an insight into Trump’s irregular behavior during his last days in office, which reportedly included shouting at his senior staff when he remained in power.
Gen Milley’s fear of what Trump could do in his final weeks as president prompted him to call twice his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng, to reassure him that the two nations would not suddenly go to war.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and that everything will be okay,” Secretary Milley told him in the first conversation on October 30, 2020, according to the book. “We will not attack or perform any kinetic operations on you.”
“If we are going to attack, I will call you in advance. It will not be a surprise,” said General Milley.
The second call was on January 8, 2021, just two days after the uprising in the United States Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president.
Trump said General Milley should be convicted of treason if the report was true.
The book also examines Joe Biden’s decision to run again and examines the first six months of his presidency – and why he pushed so hard to withdraw from Afghanistan. It also discusses how he really feels about Trump.