Li remained rattled, and Milley, who did not relay the conversation to Trump, according to the book, understood why. The chairman, 62 at the time and chosen by Trump in 2018, believed the president had suffered a mental decline after the election, the authors write, a view he communicated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a phone call on Jan. 8. He agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable, according to a call transcript obtained by the authors.
“What I’m saying to you is that if they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?” Pelosi reportedly told Milley.
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“You know he’s crazy,” she continued. “He’s been crazy for a long time.”
Milley reportedly responded, “Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.”
The next act of treachery allegedly took place that same day when Milley called a secret emergency meeting at the Pentagon, demanding his Defense Department subordinates wouldn’t obey any order by Trump without his presence.
“‘No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,’ Milley told the officers, according to the book,” CNN reported.
“He then went around the room, looked each officer in the eye, and asked them to verbally confirm they understood. ‘Got it?’ Milley asked, according to the book. ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Milley considered it an oath,’ the authors write.”
Woodward claims “Peril” is based on over 200 interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses during Trump’s final months in office.
These shocking and extraordinary claims made in “Peril” at the very least warrant a Congressional investigation over Milley’s deliberate undermining of national security by forewarning a foreign enemy of military action and preventing a sitting president from exercising his full war powers as enumerated in the Constitution.