News agencies including CNN are reporting that a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa about the waning months of Donald Trump’s presidency says Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “single-handedly took secret action to limit Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons.”
The new book, “Peril,” reportedly says Gen. Milley “made two phone calls to Chinese officials in fear that Trump would create conflict with the communist nation,” according to Fox News. The calls were reportedly to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army.
Woodward, of Watergate fame, is now associate editor at the Washington Post. Costa is the Post’s national political reporter.
Fox News says the book “alleges that the phone calls took place prior to the 2020 presidential election on Oct. 30, 2020, and two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Jan. 8, 2021.”
The media has jumped on this story, with each review suggesting the former president might seriously have been contemplating some sort of attack. A review at Forbes says Milley “placed roadblocks in front of…Trump’s ability to launch a nuclear strike as top officials voiced concerns about his mental health after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.”
The CNN report quotes an alleged Milley remark to members of his senior staff.
“You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” Milley allegedly told his subordinates, according to the book.
Months after leaving office, Donald Trump is still a whipping boy for the political left and the media, it appears. He’s the bogeyman raised by Joe Biden during a swing into California Monday in support of embattled Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose most prominent challenger is Republican radio commentator Larry Elder. Instead of just attacking Elder, Biden told a crowd “you either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor or you’ll get Donald Trump,” according to CBS News.
Still, the former president retains a strong popularity among conservatives, especially following the Biden administration’s debacle in Afghanistan.
According to a preview found at Amazon.com, “Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts—and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink…This classic study of Washington takes readers deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened.”
The book goes on sale Sept. 21, according to Amazon.com.
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