NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Many US media are covering the upcoming book “Danger” by Watergate legend Bob Woodward and Washington Post journalist Robert Costa about the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency and the early months of Joe Biden’s tenure in the White House.
The book is based on more than 200 witness interviews and first-hand sources and paints a chilling picture of Trump’s final days. This is Woodward’s third book on the Trump presidency and describes a president who has completely spiraled out of control, yelling at his top advisers, and desperately trying to cling to power after an election defeat, writes C.NN.
The book states, among other things, that Milley feared that Trump would start a huge international or internal conflict to stay in power. Trump still claims without documents that the election was stolen from him.
According to the book, Milley received two confidential phone calls to Chinese Defense Minister Li Zucheng in the last months Trump was president. This is to reassure the Chinese that the United States will not attack them militarily, he writes Washington Post.
One conversation is said to have taken place on October 30 last year, four days before the election in which Trump lost. The second conversation took place on January 8 — two days after the bloody attack on Congress after Trump urged his supporters to march there.
According to the Washington Post, Milley called for the first time after seeing intelligence indicating that China believed the United States was preparing for an attack. According to the new book, China must have believed this as a result of tensions over military exercises in the South China Sea and Trump’s growing “hostile rhetoric” against China.
General Lee, I assure you that the United States government is stable and all will be well. According to the book, we will not attack you and we will not conduct any motor operations, Mielle said in the first conversation.
He also went so far as to promise that he would warn the Chinese general if the United States attacked.
– General Lee, you and I have known each other for five years. If we attack, I will call you in advance. Mielle said that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
In the second conversation, the Chinese general was said to have been very worried after the attack on Congress even after he had promised Mielle:
– We are 100% stable. Everything is going well. But democracy can be shabby at times.
However, Mielle must have understood why the Chinese were so upset. According to the book, Milley believed Trump acted in a completely anomalous manner.
On January 8, Milley also received a phone call from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was also deeply concerned about Trump’s behavior.
What I’m telling you is: If they can’t stop him from attacking Congress, what else can he do? Is anyone in the leadership of the White House doing anything but kiss their fat ass? You know he’s crazy. Pelosi said he’s been crazy for too long.
Millie replied, according to an excerpt from the book: “Madam Chief, I agree with you on everything.” CNN Gained access to.
On the same day, he also ordered the US general in charge of Asia and the Pacific to postpone military exercises for fear that China might retaliate if it felt threatened.
Milley also brought together senior US officers to review procedures for the use of nuclear weapons. He said that only the president could give the order to fire those, but he also said that he himself must be involved.
He allegedly then looked each of the officers in the eye and asked them to confirm their understanding of what he was saying. The authors of “Danger” write that Millie considered it an oath.
Many Republicans are already reacting aggressively to the information and believe that General Milley has gone beyond his powers.
Perhaps the strongest reaction is Trump himself. He sent a press release Tuesday night denying any intention of attacking China. At the same time, he claims to be the only president who has not dragged the United States into new wars in decades.
– If the story of the idiot (“stupid”) General Mark Milley is true, I think he will be tried for treason because he spoke to his Chinese counterpart behind the president’s back and told China that he would give them a warning of an attack. You can’t do that! Trump wrote, noting that Milley was pivotal in the failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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