It is no secret that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.
The authors of a new tell-all book, however, claim that her opposition to the ex-president behind the scenes was even more outrageous than her public statements on the matter.
“We have checks and balances”
Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker make their alarming allegations in I Alone Can Fix It, a book that seeks to explore Trump’s “catastrophic” final year in the White House. According to The Hill, the book asserts that Pelosi reached out to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley as Trump’s term ended to express her fear that the then-president would start a war or launch nuclear strikes.
“This guy’s crazy,” she reportedly complained at the time, going on to describe Trump as “dangerous” and “a maniac.”
Milley is said to have attempted to quell Pelosi’s fears, asserting: “Ma’am, I guarantee you that we have checks and balances in the system.”
Furthermore, the authors claim that Milley discussed the possibility of the president and his supporters attempting to retain power via some type of coup.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f***ing succeed,” he allegedly told his underlings. “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.”
“Spend more time thinking about China and Russia”
According to the book, Milley considered Trump to fit the mold of a “classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose.”
As with other claims about him and his administration, Trump issued a series of statements on Thursday dismissing Pelosi as a “nut job” who hatched a “ridiculous” theory about him.
“Nancy Pelosi is a known nut job,” he wrote. “Her enraged quotes that she was afraid that I would use nuclear weapons is just more of the same.”
He went on to tout his record, insisting that he “was the one who got us out of wars, not into wars.”
In a subsequent statement, Trump slammed Milley as “an overrated general” who should “spend more time thinking about China and Russia, and less time on being politically correct.”