Frightened by Donald Trump’s actions in his last weeks as president, the top US military official twice assured his Chinese counterpart that the two countries would not go to war.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milli told the General that Li Zhucheng of the People’s Liberation Army would not go on strike. One call came on October 30, 2020, four days before the election, which defeated Trump. The second call was in January. 8, 2021, just two days after a coup in the US capital by supporters of the outgoing chief executive.
According to the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Pearl,” Millie promised Lee that he would warn his counterpart in the event of a US attack.
According to the book, General Lee, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything is going to be alright. “We are not going to attack you or take any action.”
“If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not surprising,” Millie alleged.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the book. Details of the book, to be released next week, were first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday.
The second call was aimed at allaying Chinese fears about the January events. 6. But the book reports that Lee did not understand so easily, until Millie promised him: “We are 100 percent stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can sometimes be sloppy.”
Milli believed the president suffered a mental breakdown after the election, agreeing with a view shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a January phone call. According to officials.
Pelosi had previously said he had talked to Milli that day about “available precautions” to prevent Trump from initiating military action or ordering a nuclear attack, and he told colleagues he was uncertain. It has been assured that security measures have been in place for a long time.
According to the book, Milli summoned the Admiral overseeing the US Indo-Pacific Command, the military unit responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, and recommended postponing future military exercises. He also asked senior officials to swear that if Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons, Milli would have to join them.
The appointment was made by Trump in 2018 and later angered the president when he lamented his participation in the June 2020 photo option with Trump when federal law enforcement agencies stormed the White House with peaceful protesters. A nearby park was evacuated so that Trump could stand on a nearby destroyed church. .
Sen in response to the book. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday urging him to fire Mili, saying the general had “actively asked the current commander of the United States Armed Forces Worked to weaken and consider leaking classified information before a possible armed confrontation with the Chinese Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Requests for comment from Mili were not immediately returned. The second warning to Beijing came as Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mike Asper and filled several senior positions with his loyal interim officials.
The book also offers new insights into Trump’s efforts to stay in power despite losing the election to Democrat Biden.
Trump refused to acknowledge and made false claims that the election had been rigged. He has repeatedly pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to refuse to confirm the election results in the capital in January. 6, the incident which was later stopped by the mob.
Pence, the author of the book, called Dan Coyle, a former vice president and fellow Indiana Republican, to see if there was a way to get Trump’s request accepted. The persuader said no.
“Mike, you have no flexibility on that. No zero. Forget it. Keep it away,” Qayl said, according to the book.
Pence finally agreed. He opposed Trump to confirm Biden’s victory. Trump was not happy.
Trump responded, according to the book, later to his vice president: “You cheated on us. I made you. You were nothing.”
“Prail” describes Trump’s relentless efforts to persuade Attorney General William Barr that the election was rigged. “The Justice Department cannot take sides between you and the other candidate,” Barr quoted Trump as saying. According to the book, the bar determined that allegations of fraudulent voting machines were “not ending.” The bar, along with Rudolf Giuliani and others, insisted on Trump’s victory, calling him a “clown.”
Trump’s office did not immediately comment on the book.