Former President Trump issued a statement Thursday in response to a report saying Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., worried Trump might start a nuclear war during his final days in office.
According to the Washington Post, Pelosi told Gen. Mark Milley (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), that “this guy’s insane.” He is dangerous. He is a madman.”
Trump claimed that Pelosi was the crazy one.
“Nancy Pelosi is a known nut job,” the former president said. “Her enraged quotes that she was afraid that I would use nuclear weapons is just more of the same.
“In fact, I was the one that got us out of wars, not into wars. And I was the one who got respect for our Country again, not like now when the leaders of the entire World are laughing at us. They didn’t laugh when I was there!”
Post reporters Carol Leonnig (Post reporter) and Philip Rucker (Post reporter) have written: ” Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Last Year”. According to the Post, it states that Pelosi called Milley after the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol.
Milley said to Pelosi that after the speaker raised her concerns, she assured her that there were checks and balances within the system.
Milley said that he wanted to avoid another Jan. 6th, as law enforcement and military leaders were preparing for President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Everyone in this room, whether you’re a cop, whether you’re a soldier, we’re going to stop these guys to make sure we have a peaceful transfer of power,” MIlley told them, according to the book. “We’re going to put a ring of steel around this city and the Nazis aren’t getting in.”
At Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, Milley sat behind former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who asked the general how he was feeling.
“No one has a bigger smile today than I do,” Milley replied. “You can’t see it under my mask, but I do.”
According to The Post, Milley and other military officers feared Trump would try to overthrow them and contemplated resigning.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f***ing succeed,” Milley reportedly told his deputies. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”
The book said Milley believed Trump was “the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose,” the Post said.
Milley, according to the book, described “a stomach-churning” feeling when he heard Trump discuss election fraud. The general went as far as comparing the situation to the 1933 attack on Germany’s parliament building that established Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship.
“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley told aides, according to the book. “The gospel of the Fuhrer.”
CNN reported on portions of the book that were related to Milley’s death Wednesday night. The book will be published Tuesday.
The Hill reported that the book’s authors interviewed over 140 people, including Trump, for more than two hours.