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US senior military scared Beijing’s reaction to belligerent statements by the head of the White House
In the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, he was secretly limited in his ability to order Washington to use nuclear weapons. Corresponding secret action was taken by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Pentagon, General Mark Milli, two days after the riot in the Capitol. This is reported by The Washington Post, citing a book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
According to the newspaper, the American general, during a telephone conversation with the chief of the Joint Staff of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, Li Zuocheng, assured Beijing that the United States would not launch a nuclear strike. One such call four days before the presidential election is on October 30, 2020, and the second two days after the storming of the Capitol is on January 8, 2021.
The Chinese authorities believed that the States were preparing for an attack due to military exercises in the South China Sea and Trump’s bellicose rhetoric.
“General Li, we have known each other for five years. If we are going to attack, I will call you in advance. It will not be a surprise,” Milli allegedly told a Chinese colleague.
Nevertheless, the Pentagon spokesman decided to take preemptive measures, fearing that the PRC is capable of attacking the States if it perceives Trump’s statements as a threat for itself, writes WP. So, Millie called the admiral in charge of the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces, and recommended that the maneuvers be postponed, which he did.
In addition, the American general called in officers to review the procedure for the use of nuclear weapons. Milli warned that only the head of state can give the order to launch strategic missiles, but – most importantly – he himself must participate in this, according to the translation of Lenta.ru.
Recall that on January 6, 2021, Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building, protesting against the results of the presidential election, in which Democrat Joe Biden won a dubious victory. As a result of the riots, a demonstrator and a policeman were killed.
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