Trump’s Military Record Makes Milley’s Reported Intervention Even More Alarming

Then-president Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mike Esper, and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley at a White House coronaviru response briefing, April 1, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Despite his bluster, the former president did not act like a trigger-happy leader eager for needless conflict abroad.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n their forthcoming book Peril, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reportedly detail two alleged phone calls made by General Mark Milley in the final days of the Trump administration. In them, the Joint Chiefs chairman allegedly assured his Chinese counterparts that if Donald Trump decided to attack, he would give them a heads-up. If true, the most serious problem isn’t the calls themselves, but rather that Milley conducted his own foreign policy and arrogated civilian authority over the military, one of the most vital checks on power in a free republic.

As Dan McLaughlin noted, former defense secretary Mark Esper might

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