Politics Mike Pompeo was worried that Trump would go to war to try and stay in office after losing the 2020 election, book says
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The most chilling implication from new reports that America's top military officer feared Donald Trump would try to order the armed forces to stage a coup is not how close the nation came to a post-election disaster last year. © Seth Wenig/AP Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. It's the extreme danger that the US system of government, Constitution and cherished freedoms would face if an ex-President even now trying to revive his demagogic political career ever gets anywhere near the Oval Office again.
- Mike Pompeo was worried that Trump would try to go to war to stay in power after losing in 2020, a new book reveals.
- In public, however, Pompeo made overtures to back Trump's false election fraud claims.
- Another forthcoming book also reports that the US's top general warned against a conflict with Iran.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concerns to at least one person that former President Donald Trump would enter into a foreign conflict to try and stay in office after losing the 2020 election, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender's new book
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Bothand other forthcoming books on the Trump presidency detailed similar fears among military leaders and national security officials that Trump may use threats of war or domestic unrest to seek emergency powers in an attempt to subvert the election he lost.
Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the election, alienating another adviser David Urban, who told the former president's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner that it was "a d--- move" that made Trump "look out of control," according to Bender's book.
He also wrote that both Pompeo and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, feared that the new officials brought into the Defense Department and White House were conspiracy theorists and could even have "links to neo-Nazi groups."
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Pompeo told at least one other State Department official that "the crazies have taken over" the White House, Bender reported, and pushed to speak daily with Milley and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about "hot spots overseas" to try and prevent the US from escalating conflicts in the wake of the November election that Trump lost but continued to dispute.
However, Pompeo struck a different tone in public.
On November 10, three days after all major news outlets and TV networks had called the 2020 election for President Joe Biden, Pompeothat "we're going to count all the votes" and promised "a smooth transition to a second Trump Administration."
An excerpt of an upcoming book by the New Yorker's Susan Glaser and The New York Times' Peter Bakerafter the election, with Milley repeatedly warning: "If you do this, you're gonna have a f---ing war."
Gen. Mark Milley reportedly warned Trump not to strike Iran: 'You're gonna have a f---ing war'
Milley wondered why Trump's advisors wanted to attack Iran. "Because they are evil," then-Vice President Mike Pence said, per the book."If you do this, you're gonna have a f---ing war," Milley reportedly told the former president and his foreign policy advisors, who had pushed for a missile strike on the Middle Eastern country after Trump lost the 2020 election.
Milley and other top US generals were also afraid that Trump could take his desire to overturn the 2020 election to the point of leading a coup, according to an excerpt of the bookby Washington Post reporters Phillip Rucker and Carol Leonnig that was . Some top officials even prepared to resign en masse if necessary, the authors wrote.
Trumpsaying he "isn't into coups" and clarifying that even if he was, he wouldn't make such a move with Milley, who he described as having "no courage or skill."
Another recently published excerpt of "I Alone Can Fix It", describing Trump's refusal to accept the result of the 2020 election and his blatant efforts to subvert it as "the gospel of the Führer."
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Ex-President Donald Trump's big lie came full circle on Saturday as he traveled to Arizona to dangerously seize on the false fruits of a sham election "audit" precipitated by his own discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen. © Ross D. Franklin/AP Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D.