“I reminded them constantly,” General Milley is quoted as saying, “depending on where and what you strike, you may find yourself in battle.”
Later that day, General Milley spoke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was increasingly concerned that Trump would use military force.
“It’s bad, but who knows what he can do?” Ms Pelosi said. “He’s mad. You know he’s mad. He’s been mad for a long time. So don’t say you don’t know what his state of mind is.”
“Madam Speaker,” said General Mille, “I agree with you on everything.”
General Milley, who is not in the chain of command as the president’s top military adviser, attempted to reassure Pelosi that he could stop Trump.
“The one thing I can guarantee is that as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I want you to know this – I want you to know this in your heart, I can guarantee you 110 percent that the military “Use military power, whether it is nuclear or any kind of strike in a foreign country, we are not going to do anything illegal or crazy,” he said.
“Well,” said Ms. Pelosi, “what do you mean, illegal or insane?”
“I can give you my word,” said General Mille. “The best I can do is to give you my word and I’m going to stop anything like that in the United States military.”
After talking to Ms Pelosi, General Milley convened a meeting with top military commanders in a Pentagon war room, telling them he wanted to go over the long-standing procedures for launching nuclear weapons . The general reminded the commanders that only the President could order such a strike and that General Milley needed to be directly involved.