A top military general in the US was forced to take secret action to prevent Donald Trump from using nuclear weapons during his time in the White House, claims a new tell-all book.
In their new book Peril, Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa state that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made sure that Trump could not launch nukes.
The book itself is formed from more than 200 interviews with key eyewitnesses to the events covered. Trump is depicted as a desperate madman, trying to cling to office after his election defeat to Joe Biden.
Allegedly, Gen Milley thought Trump may "go rogue" after the Capitol Riot on January 6, so he quickly organised a secret meeting at the Pentagon two days later to change how military strikes could be initiated, reports CNN.
He supposedly told the war room that nothing was to happen unless he was involved. According to the book, he told officials: "No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure."
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The authors write that Gen Milley considered the agreement "an oath", going on to say that after the insurrection on January 6 Gen Milley "felt no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump and believed it was his job as the senior military officer to think the unthinkable and take any and all necessary precautions."
The book also contends there were concerns within military circles that Trump may lash out to distract Americans from his loss.
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CIA Director Gina Haspel, who resigned on January 19, is said to have been worried about a possible attack on Iran.
Gen Milley himself allegedly spoke to Chinese officials who were concerned by the unrest in Washington.
Another section of Peril claims to shed light on conversations between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as the President tried to force his understudy to overturn the election result.
In a January 5 back-and-forth in the Oval Office, after Pence's refusal Trump is said to have raged: "You don’t understand, Mike. You can do this. I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.
"If you don’t do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago.
"You’re going to wimp out."
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