Trump and Gen. Mark Milley.
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Gen. Mark Milley told his Chinese counterpart the US was “100 percent steady” after the Capitol siege.
But he privately believed the riot amounted to “treason,” a new book says.
He also thought Trump was still looking for his “Reichstag moment,” according to the book.
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Two days after the deadly Capitol siege, Gen. Mark Milley spoke to his Chinese counterpart to assure him that the US was still in good shape.
But privately, he believed differently, according to “Peril” by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
In his call with Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng, Milley said the US was “100 percent steady” and that the January 6 insurrection was an example of how “sloppy” democracy can be, the book says. But in reality, Milley thought the riot was “a coup attempt and nothing less than ‘treason,'” and that then President Donald Trump “might still be looking for what Milley called a ‘Reichstag moment'” in the wake of his election loss. That refers to the 1933 fire at the German parliament that Adolf Hitler used as a pretext to consolidate power into a dictatorship.
It’s one of several instances Woodward and Costa reported in which Milley grappled with how to ward off a national security crisis while remaining within the confines of his advisory role as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
According to the book, Milley made two calls to Li, one on October 30 and the second on January 8. The January call came amid a heightened sense of urgency because the Capitol siege “had not only stirred up China but also caused Russia, Iran, as well as other nations to go on high alert to …read more
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