Book Says Gen. Milley Secretly Acted to Limit Trump's Nuclear Powers and Reassure Chinese Counterpart After Jan. 6

Headline Roundup September 14th, 2021

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley secretly contacted his Chinese counterpart before the 2020 election and after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to a new book by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Milley reportedly called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, on October 30 to reassure him that the U.S. was not planning an attack after China raised concerns over U.S. military exercises and rhetoric from former President Donald Trump. After Jan. 6, Milley reportedly told Li that “We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.” Milley also reportedly held a secret meeting after the riot in which he reviewed the process for launching nuclear weapons and told senior military officials to only take orders if he was involved. Milley also reportedly held a call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 8 in which he agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable. The book, titled “Peril,” is based on over 200 anonymous interviews and will be released next week.

Most coverage focused on Milley’s reported calls with Li. Some coverage in left- and center-rated outlets focused on Milley’s reported meeting with military officials; CNN said the book “recounts behind-the-scenes moments of a commander in chief unhinged and explosive.” Some right-rated outlets featured their coverage with opinion articles calling for Milley’s removal; a Fox News headline said Milley “worked with enemy behind Trump’s back.”

From the Center
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Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, placed roadblocks in front of former President Donald 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, according to a book excerpt from reporter Bob Woodward.

Milley expressed concerns about Trump's "trigger point" and told senior military officials they needed his authorization to launch a nuclear strike even if Trump ordered it, according to passages of “Peril,” a book from Woodward and fellow Washington Post reporter...

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From the Left
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Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.

In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert...

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From the Right
2425

The top military official in the United States promised to give his Chinese counterpart advance notice if former President Donald Trump decided to order a strike against China, according to a new book.

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was concerned that Trump might start a war with China and made assurances to try and avert armed conflict to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army in a pair of secret calls during the final months of the administration, Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward and fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa write in Peril.

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