- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a top US general that Trump was “crazy.”
- The general, Mark Milley, responded, “I agree with you on everything,” according to a new book.
- Their reported conversation took place two days after the deadly Capitol riot.
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A top US general reportedly agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she said in January that then-President Donald Trump was crazy.
That’s according to “Peril,” by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward and Post reporter Robert Costa. The Post, which obtained an early copy of the book, published details from it on Tuesday.
The conversation in question took place on January 8, two days after Trump incited a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol in a failed effort to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 US election.
Woodward and Costa obtained a transcript of Pelosi’s January 8 phone call to US Gen. Mark Milley, in which she wanted to know “what precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or from accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
Milley told Pelosi that there were “a lot of checks in the system” to prevent Trump from going rogue, the book said.
Pelosi then told Milley, “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy.”
“He’s crazy and what he did yesterday is further evidence of his craziness,” Pelosi said, referring to the deadly Capitol riot.
According to the book, Milley responded: “I agree with you on everything.”
Woodward and Costa reported that Milley’s conversation with Pelosi wasn’t the only time he expressed doubts about Trump’s actions and mental faculties. According to the book, Milley was so worried that Trump would spark a military confrontation with China near the end of his presidency that he called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, twice to assure him that the US would not strike.
Milley’s conversations with Li and Pelosi were evidence of his belief that Trump had suffered a mental decline after the November general election, the book said.
Indeed, Milley repeatedly slammed Trump’s lies about the election and once even compared him to Adolf Hitler, according to “I Alone Can Fix It,” by The Post’s Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Milley accused Trump of spreading “the gospel of the Führer” by lying about the election results and compared his supporters to “Brownshirts in the streets,” the book said. A week after the Capitol riot, Milley said of the pro-Trump mob, “These guys are Nazis, they’re boogaloo boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II.”
The general also publicly spoke out in recent months against the Capitol riot and the underlying sentiments that motivated it.
“I want to understand white rage. And I’m white,” Milley said while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee in June.
“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America. What caused that?” Milley said. “I want to find that out.”