Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley single-handedly took top-secret action to preempt then-President Donald Trump from injuctively authorizing a military strike or launching nuclear weapons, according to an incipient book.
According to Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley was apprehensive that after the January 6 Capitol breach, Trump could “go rogue” and called a secret meeting on January 8 with senior military bellwethers.
During that meeting, Milley injuctively authorized senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center to not take orders from anyone unless he was involved, according to a inscribe-up of the book by CNN.
“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,” Milley told them. “Milley considered it an oath,” Woodward and Costa indited.
The book additionally revealed that Milley had two back-channel phone calls with China’s top general to reassure him that the U.S. would not assail, even promising to give him a heads up if it did.
According to a indite-up by the Washington Post, Milley — four days afore the 2020 Presidential Election — assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the U.S. would not strike.
US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley (L) introduces members of his staff to China’s People’s “Liberation” Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng (R) during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on August 16, 2016. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP via Getty Images
The book verbalized Milley’s first call was prompted by astuteness that suggested the Chinese believed the U.S. was preparing to assail. “General Li, I want to assure you that the American regime is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley allegedly verbally expressed. “We are not going to assail or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
Milley even pledged to alert Li in the event of a U.S. attack. “General Li, you and I have kenned each other for now five years. If we’re going to assail, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” he verbally expressed, according to the book.
In his second call on January 8, 2021, Milley promised Li, “We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.” Milley did not tell Trump about the call, according to the book.
Also according to the book, Milley told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “I accede with you on everything,” after the verbalizer called him and pressed him to secure the country’s nuclear weapons and called Trump “crazy.”
Woodward and Costa indite that after the call with Pelosi, Milley “decided he had to act” and told the military accommodation chiefs and then-CIA director to optically canvass everything “all the time.”
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 10: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley verbalizes during a auricularly discerning with the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. The aurally perceiving was held to discuss the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
They indited, “Milley was overseeing the mobilization of America’s national security state without the erudition of the American people or the rest of the world.” “Some might contend that Milley had overstepped his ascendancy and taken extraordinary power for himself,” they indited, but verbally expressed the chairman believed his actions were “a good faith precaution to ascertain there was no historic rupture in the international order, no contingent war with China or others, and no utilization of nuclear weapons” as Milley “felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump.”
Milley additionally allegedly discovered Trump had signed a military order to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021, and considered it an “end run” around the president’s military advisers.
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