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Weekend Reads United States: The highest American gradé feared that Trump attacks China

00:40  15 september  2021
00:40  15 september  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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the highest gradé of the Pentagon was worried so much of the mental state of Donald Trump in the last days From his mandate that he secretly took steps to avoid a war with China. The American Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, took the initiative to secretly call his Chinese counterpart to ensure that the United States would not attack China, thus affirm the Journalists of the Washington Post Bob Woodward. And Robert Costa in their book "peril", to appear in the coming days.

The American intelligence services that concluded that China considered an American attack as imminent, the Chief of Staff called General Li Zuocheng twice: October 30, a little before the US presidential election, and on January 8th , two days after the assault of the supporters of Donald Trump against the Capitol.

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"General Li, I want to make sure that the American state is stable and that everything will be well," he told him, according to this book based on the anonymous testimonies of 200 US officials. "We are not going to tackle or conduct military operations against you." General Milley recalled his Chinese counterpart two months later, while the behavior of Donald Trump , furious with his electoral defeat, appeared more and more erratic. "All is well," he told him. "But democracy, it's sometimes draft.

a "oath" with

officers according to extracts from the book published by the Washington Post and CNN , General Milley has also promised his deputies not to obey a possible extreme order of Donald Trump immediately , in particular on the use of the nuclear weapon, after the electoral defeat of the Republican President on November 3 against Joe Biden. General Milley has thus gathered the staff to emphasize that if the Republican President ordered a nuclear strike, he had to be informed first. By looking at them each in his eyes, he asked all the officers gathered to confirm that they had understood, add Woodward and Costa, that it was a "oath".

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He also asked the CIA Director, Gina Haspel , and at Chief of Military Intelligence, General Paul Nakasone, to monitor any erratic behavior of Donald Trump. General Milley, just like Haspel, feared that Donald Trump did not launch an attack on China or Iran to create a crisis and try to stay in power. "The situation is very dangerous," said the CIA director. "We will attack for his ego? "Some people may think that Milley exceeded his authority and assigned excessive powers," write the authors of "peril". But he was convinced that he did what he needed to "there is no historical break in the international order, of accidental war with China or others, and that the nuclear weapon does not would not be used, "they add. Asked, the US Staff refrained from any comment.

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"It is crazy"

The second call of the Chief of Staff to General Li intervened in the aftermath of a telephone conversation with the President of the House of Representatives,

Nancy Pelosi

, who wanted to make sure that Donald Trump, on which no member of his entourage appeared to have control, can not use the nuclear codes. Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters and members of extremist groups were to attack the Congress at the time the parliamentarians were there to certify the victory of the Democrat Joe Biden. Attack as a result of which five people are dead. Pelosi publicly made this call, in a letter to his parliamentary group, but without going into details. Bob Woodward and Robert Costa publish the transcript of the telephone conversation:

"What are the possible measures to prevent an unbalanced president from triggering armed hostilities or accessing codes and order a nuclear attack," requests Nancy Pelosi. - "If they can not even prevent him from attacking the Capitol, who knows what else can do? "She adds. " He is crazy. You know he's crazy (...), and what he did yesterday is an additional proof of his madness ". "I totally agree with you," says General Milley. But, he assures him, the nuclear command chain goes through "a lot of controls" to avoid the abusive use of the bomb by a president.

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