Fragments from a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa have appeared in the US media, revealing the scenes of the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. As the authors wrote, General Mark Milley, the highest-ranking military commander in the US Army, had to instruct army representatives during a secret meeting not to obey orders to use force and nuclear weapons issued by them without his knowledge. President at that time. The general had to worry about the head of state’s mental state. Trump accuses Milley of high treason, while President Joe Biden asserts he has “full confidence” in the general.
According to CNN, which obtained excerpts from the book “Danger” ahead of its September 21 premiere, Woodward and Costa described a secret meeting at the Pentagon, two days after the Capitol attack in which Milley recommended the military not obey orders for hostilities without his consent.
“No matter what they tell you, follow the procedure (…) and I am part of that procedure,” the general said, expecting clear confirmation from all of them.
Woodward and Costa wrote that Millie may have exceeded his powers, but felt he was acting in good faith “to ensure that there was no historic breach of the international order, accidental war with China and other nations, and use of nuclear weapons.”
Concerns about the president’s mental state
According to reporters, Milley was deeply concerned about Trump’s mental state in the final days of his presidency and feared he would try to stay in power.
According to the Washington Post, Milley was also scheduled to hold informal talks with his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuqing, in an effort to allay Beijing’s fears of a possible US attack ahead of the 2020 elections and after the storming of the Capitol Building. The Chinese General Mielle was told, “If we attack, I will call you ahead of time. It won’t be a surprise.”
Woodward and Costa reports that they weren’t the only ones frightened by Trump’s actions. When the former president refused to acknowledge the election results, then-CIA Director Gina Haspel was convinced that the United States was “on the way to a right-wing coup.” “This is all crazy. He’s acting like a six-year-old having a tantrum,” the book’s authors said of Haspel. The head of the National Security Agency (NSA), Paul Nakasone, was also said to have been very vigilant.
Click on Mike Pence
Woodward and Costa also described a conversation between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on January 5, the day before the attack on the Capitol. The then-president allegedly pressured Pence to refuse to accept the election results approved by the Senate. The Vice President was said to have responded, “No one should have that power.”
“But isn’t it great that you have that kind of strength?” – Had to hear the cum. According to the book, Trump threatened Pence with “not to be his friend anymore.”
The authors also wrote that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon would have played one of the main roles in the events before January 6. The activist who was fired by Trump as “chief strategist in the White House” in 2017 was expected to persuade the president to return to Washington from his home while his supporters demonstrated. “On January 6, we will bury Biden, and … we will bury him” – journalists quote Bannon’s words.
accusations of treason
Donald Trump himself referred to excerpts from the book announced to reporters and published on Tuesday.
“If General Mark Milley’s story… is true, I assume he will be tried for fraud,” the former US president wrote in a statement on Tuesday. “That means he was calling his Chinese counterpart behind the president’s back and telling China he would warn them ‘about the attack’. You can’t do that!” – added.
Milley has been accused of treason, along with Trump, by several Republican politicians and conservative propagandists. If true, it is not an act of National Championship. Senator Marco Rubio said this was a betrayal and a danger to our security and our constitutional order. The politician called on President Biden to fire the general Trump nominated for the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“If this is true, General Milley is a traitor to our country and should be prosecuted immediately for high treason,” said Fox News senior columnist Sean Hannity. However, according to Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, the book’s findings are not fully supported by the facts. According to her information based on Pentagon sources, Milley’s conversations with General Lee were official contacts attended by 15 other officials and notes were taken about them. Shortly after the events of January 6, the military had to hold similar talks with military personnel from NATO countries, to reassure them that the situation in the United States was stable and that America did not intend to engage in any hostilities.
Biden “has complete confidence” in the general
The Biden administration also referred to what the book “Danger” revealed. “The President has known the General for a long time (…) and has full confidence in his leadership, patriotism, and devotion to our Constitution,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during the press conference. It was an answer to a question about calls for the resignation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Dave Butler, said the talks with the Chinese general were fully formal and in coordination with the Department of Defense and other government agencies. He noted that Milley was already trying to ease Beijing’s concerns “in order to maintain strategic stability” during the conversation.
Psaki, in turn, has stated that she will not comment on the details of the conversations contained in the book based on anonymous sources. But, she added, it’s worth being aware of the context of the final weeks of Trump’s presidency. “During this period, the outgoing President of the United States instigated the civil unrest that led to the rebellion and one of the darkest days of our history,” Psaki said, referring to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The spokeswoman added that many members of the Trump administration at the time questioned the president’s mental stability.
Behind the scenes of the Trump presidency
Danger is the third book by Bob Woodward – one of the authors who discovered the Watergate scandal – about the Trump presidency. The book also describes the first six months of Biden’s presidency.
The revelations in the clips cited by the media largely coincide with what other book authors have written about the dramatic events of Trump’s decline. Millie and other officials’ concerns about a possible coup were written, among other things, by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonig and Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender. However, they did not mention Milley’s actions to prevent Trump from starting the war.
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