Washington – Top US generals were so upset in early January that Donald Trump was out of control that he took covert action to prevent the outgoing president from starting a war with China.
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Millie has instructed aides not to act immediately on any of Trump’s moves to use US nuclear power, and he has called on a Chinese general to reassure Beijing, a presidential historian said. Bob Woodward and co-author Robert Costa wrote the forthcoming book in their cover
The Washington Post – Woodward’s and Costa’s employer – and CNN reported Tuesday excerpts from the book “Prail,” which shows Mili as managing the Pentagon and the intelligence community so that Trump’s November loser Any move by Trump to escalate tensions with China could be resisted. 2020 presidential election.
Milli phoned his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zhucheng, on October 30, just before Trump’s election defeat, and on January 8, two days after Trump supporters attacked the US capital, he was assured that the Republican president’s anti-China rhetoric Can’t translate in the army. the process.
Woodward and Costa wrote, “General Lee, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything is going to be alright.”
“We will not attack you or carry out any dynamic operations,” Milli said.
Concerns over a nuclear attack
Two months later, Millie used the secret back channel with Lee again after the uproar in the US capital, amid concerns from both Beijing and Washington that Trump was unstable.
According to the book, Millie told Lee, “We are 100 percent stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be sloppy.”
To reassure the Chinese, Mili called for the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Command to suspend military exercises, saying Beijing may have seen it as a potential threat.
Separately, Milli told his top staff that if Trump tried to use his power to order a nuclear attack, he would have to be notified first.
And Millie spoke with other top officials, including CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Security Agency chief Paul Nicholson, amid fears that Trump could take irrational action.
The authors wrote, “Some may say that Millie overstepped her bounds and gained extraordinary power for herself.”
But he believed they were doing the right thing. “To ensure that there are no historic breakdowns in the international order, no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.” Don’t be. “
The Pentagon declined to comment on the book’s claims.
Milli and others, including Haspel, were worried that Trump would attack China or Iran out of frustration or find a way to retain the presidency.
“This is a very dangerous situation. Are we going to flog her ego?” According to the book, the CIA chief said.
– ‘He is mad’ –
Millie’s second call came after Nancy Pelosi, a senior congressman and speaker of the House of Representatives, spoke to Millie about Trump’s state of mind and his rejection of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Two days ago, against Trump, hundreds of supporters stormed Congress, forcing lawmakers to cancel a session to confirm Biden’s victory and forcing lawmakers from both parties to flee.
Woodward and Costa obtained a copy of the Pelosi call.
“What precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing launch codes and ordering a nuclear attack?” Pelosi asked.
“If they couldn’t stop him from attacking the capital, who knows what else he can do?” she said.
“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy … and what he did yesterday is further proof of his madness.”
Milli responded that the system had “too many checks” to prevent the president’s extreme behavior.
However, he said, “I agree with you on everything.”
Republican lawmakers quickly used the reports to attack Milli, with senior Senator Marco Rubio urging Biden to fire the general.
Trump’s bodyguard, Rubio, accused Mili of “actively undermining the current commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces and considering the Chinese Communist Party a leak of intelligence.”
“These actions by General Millie show a clear lack of correct judgment, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” he said in a letter to Biden.