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The woke Gen. Mark Milley, who said he has read books on white rage, held secret meetings behind the back of President Donald Trump, a new book says.
Two days after the January 6 incident at the Capitol Gen. Milley took an extraordinary step. He took secret action to talk to military leaders and told them not to take military strike or nuclear orders from Trump, CNN reported.
Milley was “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,” Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa said in the book “Peril.”
“You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” Milley said to his senior staff, worried that Trump could “go rogue,” the book said.
Milley then called a meeting in secret on January 8 to examine the process for military action which included the launching of nuclear weapons
He told the military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center that they were 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,” the authors claim he said before going around the room and having each officer affirm that they understood the order.
“Got it?” Milley asked, according to the book.
‘Milley considered it an oath,’ the authors write.
“Peril” is based on more than 200 interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses, and it paints a chilling picture of Trump’s final days in office. The book, Woodward’s third on the Trump presidency, recounts behind-the-scenes moments of a commander in chief unhinged and explosive, yelling at senior advisers and aides as he desperately sought to cling to power.
It also includes exclusive reporting on the events leading up to January 6 and Trump’s reaction to the insurrection, as well as newly revealed details about Trump’s January 5 Oval Office showdown with his vice president, Mike Pence.
Woodward and Costa obtained documents, calendars, diaries, emails, meeting notes, transcripts and other records.
The book also examines Joe Biden’s decision to run for office again; the first six months of his presidency; why he pushed so hard to get out of Afghanistan; and how he really feels about Trump. CNN obtained a copy of “Peril” ahead of its release on September 21.
Milley conducted two clandestine phone calls with China’s top general and he received a phone call from House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi of which Woodward and Costa received an exclusive transcript. In the phone call Milley told Pelosi that the nuclear weapons were safe.
“What I’m saying to you is that if they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?” she said. “You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time.”
Milley responded by saying, “Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.”
After the phone call with the Speaker, he decided to take action and told his top chiefs to watch everything “all the time.”
“Milley was overseeing the mobilization of America’s national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world,” the book said.
After Trump did not concede the 2020 election CIA Director Gina Haspel warned Milley, , “We are on the way to a right-wing coup. The whole thing is insanity. He is acting out like a six-year-old with a tantrum.”
“This is a highly dangerous situation. We are going to lash out for his ego?” she said to Milley, the book claimed.