“I constantly reminded him,” said General Millie.
Later that day, General Milly spoke to Chairman Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi was worried that Trump would rampage and use military force.
“This is bad, but who knows what he could do?” Pelosi said. “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time. So don’t say you don’t know what his state of mind is. “
“Chair Madame,” said General Millie, “I agree with you about everything.”
General Millie, who is not in the chain of command as the president’s chief military adviser, tried to reassure Mr. Pelosi that he could stop Mr. Trump.
“One of the things I can guarantee is that as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I want you to know it. I want you to know this in my heart. What the military uses. We can guarantee 110 percent. Military power, whether it’s a nuclear or foreign strike of any kind, isn’t going to do anything illegal or crazy, “he said.
“Well,” said Pelosi. “What do you mean, illegal or crazy?”
“I can give you my words,” said General Millie. “The best I can do is give you my words, and I’ll prevent that in the US military.”
After talking to Mr. Pelosi, General Milly convened a meeting with the Pentagon’s commander-in-chief in the Pentagon’s war room and told them that he would like to consider a long-standing procedure for launching nuclear weapons. The general reminded the commander that only the president could order such a strike and that General Milly would need to be directly involved.