In the final days of former President Donald Trump’s era, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, took secret measures to avoid a war between the United States and China, due to his fear of the deteriorating mental state of the billionaire Republican after his defeat in the presidential election, according to a book to be published soon.
According to the book “Berrill” (Danger) by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, General Milley initiated a secret contact with his Chinese counterpart to assure him that the United States would not attack China.
According to excerpts from the book, which will be issued within days, published by the Washington Post and CNN, General Milley instructed senior military leadership officials not to carry out any extremist order that Trump might issue, especially in terms of the use of nuclear weapons. And that’s after the Republican billionaire lost the November 3 presidential election to his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.
After US intelligence concluded that China was preparing for an imminent US attack, General Milley called his Chinese counterpart Li Zhoucheng twice, the first on October 30, before the presidential election, and on January 8, two days after Trump supporters stormed the US Congress.
During the call, Milley told his Chinese counterpart, “I would like to assure you that the American state is stable and that everything will go well,” according to the book, which is based on the testimonies of two hundred American officials, without mentioning their names.
“We will not attack you, nor will we launch military operations against you,” Milley continued.
Two months later, General Milley called his Chinese counterpart after Trump’s behavior after his electoral defeat seemed to be getting more and more strange, and told him that “everything is going well,” adding, “But democracy is sometimes messy.”
On the other hand, Milley assembled the General Staff to stress the need to inform him of any order to launch a nuclear strike that Trump might issue, prior to implementation.
The general personally asked all the members of the staff to confirm that they understood what he asked of them, and in this context the authors of the book talked about taking an oath.
Milley also asked CIA Director Gina Haspel and the head of military intelligence, General Paul Nakasone, to monitor Trump’s actions for any strange behavior.
According to the book, during discussions about Iran’s nuclear program, Trump refused to rule out a strike on Tehran and at times showed curiosity about the possibility. CIA Director Gina Haspel was so concerned after a meeting in November that she called Milly to say, “This is a very dangerous situation. Are we going to attack his vanity?”
According to the book’s authors, “Some may consider Millie to have overstepped his powers and given himself excessive powers.”
The authors explain that the chief of staff was convinced that he was doing what was necessary to avoid any disruption of the world order, to avoid the “accidental outbreak of war with China or others” and to ensure “the non-use of nuclear weapons.”
The US General Staff did not want to make any comment on this information.
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