Top military adviser secretly assured China Trump would not attack to stay in office, book claims

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Top military adviser secretly assured China Trump would not attack to stay in office, book claims
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Top military adviser secretly assured China Trump would not attack to stay in office, book claims
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Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president’s top military aide, feared that Trump could “go rogue” after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and worried that he could stoke military conflict to cling to power and derail the peaceful transfer of power, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in “Peril.”

On Jan. 8, two days after the assault on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, Milley called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, to assure him that the United States was “100 percent steady” and not on the brink of collapse or war despite the unrest in Washington, according to the book. He reportedly did not tell Trump about the call.

He placed a similar call in October, according to the book, to allay Chinese fears that Trump was planning a secret attack ahead of the presidential election.

That same day, Milley also convened an unscheduled meeting at the Pentagon with military officials responsible for relaying orders for a military or nuclear strike. He made clear that he “must be directly involved” with the process of launching a nuclear weapon, Woodward and Costa wrote.

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