General Mark Milley committed “betrayal” for allegedly contacting Chinese military officials during the previous Trump administration, the former president said on Tuesday.
Donald Trump, speaking to conservative news channel Newsmax, said that “if that’s really true it’s hard to believe he would have called China and done these things and was ready to let them know about an attack or in advance of an attack … it is treason ”.
General Milley, who is the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has made secret plans to stop Mr. Trump from abusing nuclear weapons, says Danger, a new book by Washington post editor-in-chief Bob Woodward and journalist Robert Costa.
The general made two calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, fearing that Mr. Trump would start a war with China, according to the book.
He made the first call on October 30, 2020, four days before the presidential election, and the second on January 8, two days after Trump supporters besieged Capitol Hill.
The book suggested that General Milley was deeply disturbed by the attack on Capitol Hill and that he “was certain that Trump had entered a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now almost manic, yelling at officials and building his own. own alternate reality on endless electoral conspiracies ”.
He assured his Chinese counterpart that the United States was not going to attack China and if there was to be an attack, he would alert General Li in advance, according to the book.
General Milley was elevated to the highest military post by Mr. Trump in 2018. However, he was quick to criticize the former president after his loss to Joe Biden in November 2020.
The general was reportedly motivated to contact the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in January after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked him about guarantees to prevent an “unstable president” from leaving. launch a nuclear strike.
“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy,” Ms Pelosi told General Milley during a tense phone call, the Washington post reported.
“Madam President, I agree with you on everything,” the general reportedly said.
He then reportedly held a secret meeting at the Pentagon on January 8 to review the process of launching military action, including the launch of nuclear weapons.
General Milley told war room officials not to follow orders unless he is involved. “No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I am part of this procedure, ”the general reportedly told officials, according to the book.
Danger was based on more than 200 interviews with people directly participating in the events covered as well as witnesses, according to its editor. The book is due out next week.
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