The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, told General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that the United States would not attack. A call took place on October 30, 2020, four days before the elections that defeated Trump.
Milley even promised General Li that he would warn his counterpart in the event of an American attack, according to the book “Danger,” written by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and that everything is going to be fine,” Milley told him on the first call, according to the book.
“We are not going to attack or carry out any kinetic operations against him.”
“If we are going to attack, I will call you ahead of time. It won’t be a surprise, “Milley reportedly said.
The selections from the book, which will be published next week, were first reported by The Washington Post yesterday.
The second call was intended to allay Chinese fears about the events of January 6.
But the book reports that General Li was not so easily appeased, even after Mr. Milley promised him, “We are 100 percent steadfast. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be neglected. “
Milley believes the president suffered a mental decline after the election, and he agreed with an opinion shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a Jan.8 phone call, according to officials.
Pelosi had previously said that she spoke with Milley that day about “available precautions” to prevent Trump from launching military action or ordering a nuclear launch, and told colleagues she received unspecified assurances that long-standing safeguards existed.
Milley, according to the book, called the admiral who oversees the US Indo-Pacific Command, the military unit responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, and recommended postponing the next military exercises.
He also asked senior officials to take an “oath” that Milley had to be involved if Trump gave the order to launch nuclear weapons, according to the book.
Milley was appointed by Trump in 2018 and later drew the ire of the president when he expressed regret at participating in a photo shoot with Trump in June 2020 after federal police cleared a park near the White House of peaceful protesters for Trump to it could be in a damaged church nearby.
Requests for comment from Mr. Milley were not immediately returned. Milley’s second warning to Beijing came after Trump fired Defense Secretary Mike Esper and held several top positions with loyal interim officials.
The book also offers new perspectives on Trump’s efforts to stay in power despite losing the election to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump refused to budge and offered false claims that the election had been stolen. He repeatedly pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to refuse to certify the results of the elections in the Capitol on January 6, an event that was later interrupted by the mob.
Pence, writing the book, called Dan Quayle, a former vice president and fellow Indiana Republican, to see if there was any way to agree to Trump’s request. Mr. Quayle said no.
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“Mike, you have no flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away, ”Quayle said, according to the book.
Mr. Pence finally agreed. He challenged Trump to claim victory for Joe Biden.
Trump was not satisfied.
“I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this,” Trump responded, according to the book, and then told his vice president, “You have betrayed us. I made you. You were nothing. “