Two days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was rising more and more involved Mr. Trump would lash out and use army pressure.
Their dialog was detailed in “Peril,” a lately launched e-book by the Washington Put up reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“This is bad, but who knows what he might do?” Ms. Pelosi stated. “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time. So don’t say you don’t know what his state of mind is.”
“Madam Speaker,” Basic Milley stated, “I agree with you on everything.”
Basic Milley, who because the president’s high army adviser shouldn’t be within the chain of command, tried to reassure Ms. Pelosi that he may cease Mr. Trump.
“The one thing I can guarantee is that, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I want you to know that — I want you to know this in your heart of hearts, I can guarantee you 110 percent that the military, use of military power, whether it’s nuclear or a strike in a foreign country of any kind, we’re not going to do anything illegal or crazy,” he stated.
He provided related assurances to his Chinese language counterpart that day. And after chatting with Ms. Pelosi, he convened a gathering in a battle room on the Pentagon with the army’s high commanders, telling them that he needed to go over the longstanding procedures for launching a nuclear weapon. The final reminded the commanders that solely the president may order such a strike and that Basic Milley wanted to be instantly concerned.
“The strict procedures are explicitly designed to avoid inadvertent mistakes or accident or nefarious, unintentional, illegal, immoral, unethical launching of the world’s most dangerous weapons,” he stated.
Then, he went across the room and requested every officer to substantiate that they understood what he was saying.