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In the post-Trump era, the American people are getting an earful, and mostly from folks who appear to have either a dog in the fight or an axe to grind.
A great many of the attacks being lobbed at Donald Trump in the shadow of his first term are coming from within the Washington cabal, or even the West Wing, in the form of memoirs and other tawdry tomes meant to further tarnish the Trump name.
Now, a new book by a pair of longtime critics of the former President even claims that General Mark Milley feared Trump would try to use our nuclear arsenal in the waning days of his time as Commander in Chief, and that Milley employed extracurricular actions to prevent that.
Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump’s top military adviser, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, single-handedly took secret action to limit Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons, according to “Peril,” a new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.
Woodward and Costa write that Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, ‘was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.’
Milley worried that Trump could ‘go rogue,’ the authors write.
The method employed by Milley appeared to be aimed at circumnavigating Trump’s authority as Commander in Chief.
In response, Milley took extraordinary action, and called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons. Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon’s war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.
“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,” Milley told the officers, according to the book. He then went around the room, looked each officer in the eye, and asked them to verbally confirm they understood.“Got it?” Milley asked, according to the book.“Yes, sir.”‘Milley considered it an oath,’ the authors write.
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