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The chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark A. Milley, took action in January in case the then president Donald Trump I was trying launch a nuclear attack, and even contacted China to avoid an armed conflict with that country.
This is indicated by Peril (Danger), the new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which will go on sale in the United States on September 21, but of which The Washington Post and CNN provided details on Tuesday. .
Two days after the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters, which left five dead on January 6, Milley – the highest-ranking general in the United States – summoned the top military commanders to a secret and extraordinary meeting in his office of the Pentagonpoints out the book.
Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was also aware of launching military or nuclear weapons strikes, because he feared Trump would decide to “act on his own.”
The general “was certain that Trump had slipped into serious mental decline after the election, and was now practically manic, yelling at officials and constructing his own alternate reality with endless conspiracy theories about the election,” the book notes.
This led him to press for any military decision go through him, a move that then-Defense Secretary James Schlensinger also took in 1974 as President Richard Nixon faced impeachment in the Senate.
On January 8, the same day of the secret meeting with military leadersMilley called his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng, to try to appease him and ensure that everything was “100% stable”, despite the assault on the Capitol and Trump’s refusal to accept defeat. “Things can seem unstable,” Milley told China’s Li Zuocheng on January 8. But that is the nature of democracy, General Li. We are 100% stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be neglected ”.
His words did not seem to convince Li, so Milley recommended postponing a US military exercise in the Pacific.
It was the second time in Trump’s last months in power that Milley called Li: he also phoned him on October 30, 2020 to assure him that USA It did not plan to attack China, a fear that circulated among Chinese intelligence due to the increase in tensions, reveals the volume.
The book by Woodward, the prestigious journalist who investigated the Watergate case, also portrays some aspects of the electoral campaign of the now president, Joe Biden. Among other things, it reveals that Biden once said about Trump: “He’s not really an American president.” (With information from EFE and The New York Times)