CNN: Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, single-handedly took top-secret action to limit Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons, according to "Peril," a new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. CNN's Jamie Gangel reports.
JAMIE GANGEL, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: John, Woodward and Costa, as you say report that General Mark Milley took top secret action to limit President Trump's ability to make a military strike or to use nuclear weapons. Let me just stay - set the stage from the book. According to Woodward and Costa on January 8th Milley is deeply shaken from the assault on the Capitol on the 6th.
He believes Trump; to your point is unstable, unpredictable and Woodward and Costa write Milley believes that Trump is in serious mental decline. He also has been talking back channel to the Chinese. He is aware from intelligence that the Chinese are on edge because of January 6th, and because of Trump's behavior, so he's trying to reassure them behind the scenes. And Milley tells his senior staff, "You never know what a president's trigger point is". Against this backdrop, same day, January 8th, Milley gets a call from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, we've heard about this call but Woodward and Costa got an exclusive transcript of the call.
Pelosi has the same concerns that Milley does. The phone call is dramatic. It is blunt. And Pelosi wants Milley to reassure her that the nuclear weapons are safe. And this is the exchange Pelosi who knows what he might do.
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. He's crazy. And what he did yesterday meaning actually two days ago, January 6th, is further evidence of his craziness.
General Milley says Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything. Milley reassures Pelosi on the call. But when he gets off, he thinks to himself she's right. And he decides to take this extraordinary action.