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New Book Says Gen. Milley Took Covert Measures to Prevent Trump from Starting War, Launching Nukes

HeadlineSep 16, 2021

The White House said President Biden has “complete confidence” in U.S. General Mark Milley Wednesday, following reports he circumvented the official chain of command in order to prevent possible actions from former President Trump. A new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa says Milley called his Chinese counterpart twice, as well as U.S. military officials, as he feared Trump, who he believed was in mental decline, could start a war with China. According to the book, Milley also told senior officers he should be involved in any attempt to launch a nuclear weapon, that all decisions had to go through him. Milley was reportedly motivated in large part by a phone call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called Trump “crazy” and asked what measures are available to stop him from launching a war or nuclear weapons. 

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