'This was a national security emergency': Woodward says Trump's post-election meltdown nearly led to 'catastrophe'
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday that America was in grave peril while suffering through former President Donald Trump's meltdown over losing the 2020 presidential election.
Woodward, who has just published a new book called Peril with fellow Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, relayed the extraordinary lengths that national security officials went to keep Trump from potentially dragging the United States into a war in a desperate bid to keep power.
"Here we have the Speaker of the House and the senior military leader, General Milley, concluding that they believe he's crazy," said Woodward. "The issue... is not some abstract problem. It's do we have control of nuclear weapons? And if there's a catastrophe that could befall the United States or the world, it would be the use of nuclear weapons."
He then broke down how Milley worked to ensure Trump could not unilaterally launch a nuclear war against China as part of a last-ditch effort to remain president.
"This was a national security emergency, not just about control of nuclear weapons, but about whether there might be a war with China," said Woodward, who said Trump's unstable emotional state could have resulted in "another catastrophe."
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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday broke down the breaking news on "what the Trump campaign knew and when they knew it" about the truth of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"Breaking news this afternoon from The New York Times that could represent a serious threat to Donald Trump's 2020 campaign and potentially even to the former president himself. Their claims about election fraud were a lie — and Trump's campaign reportedly new it," Wallace reported.
Trump's campaign reportedly knew that Dominion did not use Smartmatic, and also knew that Dominion did not have ties to Venezuela or George Soros.
"That's about as clear and unequivocal as it can get," Wallace said. "That members of the Trump campaign knew there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theories Trump and his allies were very publicly spouting — and it's all in writing."
Wallace interviewed Michael Steel, a spokesperson for Dominion, who said the report showed that "these claims that the president's supporters were making were not knowingly false, they were easily knowingly false."
Steel added that Trump's allies could have debunked their own claims using a "simple Google search" because "it was easy and obvious what they were trying to portray as reality is simply not true."
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Melania saved Bill Barr's job by telling Trump he was 'right out of central casting' — unlike 'mousy' Sessions
Peril, the new book from reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, revealed that it was first lady Melania Trump who reassured President Donald Trump that he didn't make a mistake in picking Bill Barr to take over the Justice Department.
According to the new book, Barr "said nice things about Bob Mueller," prompting Trump to second guess his pick.
"At the White House, First Lady Melania Trump offered a contrary opinion to the president," Woodward in Costa write.
"Are you crazy?" she asked the president. "This guy's right out of central casting. Look," she pointed to Barr, "that's an attorney general."
The book said that it was a contrast "with the mousy Sessions." The former first lady was talking about "image" and the president "put a premium on appearance. Barr, six feet and with an extraordinarily large belly, came across as the sober, knowledgeable lawyer, she said."
Sessions was ridiculed by "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert as looking like the Keebler Elf. "Saturday Night Live" depicted Sessions with actress Kate McKinnon -- which upset Trump, who was also disturbed when SNL depicted Sean Spicer using a female actress too.
According to sources close to Trump, Spicer's portrayal by a woman was "most problematic in the president's eyes," said a Feb. 2017 report.
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