Former President Donald Trump responded to excerpts released from the forthcoming book ‘Peril’ by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. Trump joined former White House press secretary on Newsmax and called Gen. Mark Milley’s actions ‘treasonous” for trying to prevent a nuclear war just after the former president incited the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
Woodward and Costa write in the book that Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, “was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.”
Milley was worried that Trump could “go rogue,” according to the book.
“In response, Milley took extraordinary action and called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons,” CNN reports. “Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon’s war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.”
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“Milley’s fear was based on his own observations of Trump’s erratic behavior. His concern was magnified by the events of January 6 and the ‘extraordinary risk’ the situation posed to US national security, the authors write,” the outlet reports. “Milley had already had two back-channel phone calls with China’s top general, who was on high alert over the chaos in the US.”
Trump accused Milley of treason.
“If it is actually true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them in advance of an attack, that’s treason,” the twice-impeached one-term president said.
BREAKING: Trump on Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Milley allegedly warning China of an attack:
“If it is actually true, which is hard to believe, that he would have called China and done these things and was willing to advise them in advance of an attack, that’s treason” pic.twitter.com/ngUgEoKsGb
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 14, 2021
Trump just released this statement:
“If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley…is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification “of an attack.” pic.twitter.com/bLCfFhNPgA
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 14, 2021
I doubt that breaking protocols is considered treason, but after Jan. 6, Milley had good reasons to be concerned. Milley reached out to his counterpart in China, whom he has known for years, to offer reassurance since they, too, were concerned about Trump’s erratic behavior. And personally, I think Trump siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies in Helsinki was treasonous since the former president brought up treason.
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