Politics Trump's top general feared all-out nuclear war with China in final days, new Woodward book alleges

04:20  15 september  2021
04:20  15 september  2021 Source:   salon.com

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Just days after the fatal Capitol insurrection on January 6, Trump's top military adviser secretly maneuvered to stop Donald Trump from "going rogue" and launching an all-out nuclear war with China, according to bombshell revelations from a forthcoming book excerpted by CNN and The Washington Post.

The book, titled "Peril," was written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, and provides a never-before-seen glimpse into Trump's presidency, which apparently culminated in fears that Trump might initiate a last-minute military attack.

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During the final months of former President Donald Trump ' s term, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made two phone calls to Chinese officials in fear that Trump would create conflict with the communist nation, a new book has claimed. In the book , authored by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, it is alleged that Milley made two secret phone calls, both to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The book alleges that the phone calls took place prior to the 2020 presidential

The top U. S . general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice over concerns then-President Donald Trump could spark a war with China as his potential election loss loomed and in its aftermath, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The report was based on "Peril," a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which they said relied on interviews with 200 sources and is due to be released next week. Trump said in an interview with Newsmax on Tuesday that Milley' s reported promise to give Li advance warning of any attack was "treasonous" and that there was no

During Trump's final days in office, the book describes, Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, grew increasingly "certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election." The president was reportedly "all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies."

At one point, Milley thought the president might "go rogue" and engage in drastic military action, telling his staff: "You never know what a president's trigger point is."

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Anticipating the worst, Milley responded with unprecedented action, calling top Pentagon officials to review military protocol on the nuclear launch codes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearful of Donald Trump ' s actions in his final weeks as president, the United States' top military officer twice called his Chinese counterpart to assure him that the two nations would not suddenly go to war , a senior defense official said Tuesday after the conversations were described in excerpts from a forthcoming book . According to a forthcoming book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley told a Chinese general that the United States would not strike. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File).

A top US army officer assured China twice during Trump ' s last weeks in office that the two countries would not go to war , according to the forthcoming book "Peril" by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. He also asked senior officers to swear an “oath” that Milley had to be involved if Trump gave an order to launch nuclear weapons, according to the book . Milley was appointed by Trump in 2018 and later drew the president's wrath when he expressed regret for participating in a June 2020 photo op with Trump after federal law enforcement cleared a park near

"No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure," Milley reportedly told his fellow officers.

According to The Post, Milley also made "a pair of secret phone calls" – one before and after the 2020 election – to Li Zuocheng, the general of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, promising the Chinese general that the U.S. would not attack Beijing.

"I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK," Milley reportedly told Li back in October of last year. "We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you." If an attack did come to pass, Milley allegedly said, then China would be forewarned.

In a similar exchange following the Capitol riot, Milley reportedly received a call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in which she conveyed fears that Trump might actually use the nuclear launch codes.

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A new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reveals some of the behind-the-scenes actions taken by senior members of the US defense and intelligence agencies and political establishment during the final weeks of Donald Trump ’ s presidency, as he refused to accept defeat to On January 8, two days after the insurrection by Trump supporters at the US Capitol that failed to block certification of the November 2020 election results, Milley phoned his counterpart in China , Gen. Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission, to

Milley also canceled Trump ’ s orders for withdrawal from Afghanistan by January 15 and even reached out to his Chinese counterpart to reassure him the US would not attack, according to the book . In other words, the top military official was telling the intelligence community to spy on the elected government. Costa and Woodward acknowledge as much, writing that Milley was “overseeing the mobilization of America's national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world.”

"What I'm saying to you is that if they couldn't even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do?" Pelosi asked him. "And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?"

Shortly after the call, Milley told the directors of the CIA and NSA to be on guard for erratic actions by the Trump administration.

"Peril" further details a number of personal ruptures in various relationships within the Trump administration, specifically shedding light on the former president's schism with former Vice President Pence.

In one encounter just a day before the riot, Trump apparently berated Pence over his unwillingness to block then-President-elect Joe Biden's election certification – a maneuver that is legally impossible.

Referring to Pence's nonexistent ability to block the certification, Trump asked his vice president, "But wouldn't it be almost cool to have that power?"

When Pence rejected Trump's proposal, the president reportedly exploded.

"No, no, no! You don't understand, Mike. You can do this. I don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this."

The book, which interviewed 200 first hand participants and witnesses in Trump's administration, is set to be released September 21.

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