Mark Milley had to 'batten down the hatches' against Trump's 'unhinged' behavior: presidential biographer
On CNN Thursday, Trump biographer Carol Leonnig broke down the new revelations about Gen. Mark Milley's efforts behind the scenes to rein in the former president in his final days in office.
"You have a lot of reporting in your book about General Milley's concerns about the former president, he met with the general chiefs about how to handle any orders they feared could come from the commander in chief," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "What do you make of the new reporting?"
"You know, Anderson, I think it pulls back an important layer of the onion," said Leonnig. "These are, I have to say in all candor, these are friends and colleagues of mine, Bob Woodward and Bob Costa, and I think their book has a lot of interesting new material. I think this tells us, you know, exactly what Pelosi was describing just then in London, the grievous concern was not just some Democrats, as Speaker Pelosi and as we reported at the time, said to Milley, you know, you know the president is not stable, you know he's not stable, right? What are you doing about it?"
Leonnig went on to explain that Milley apparently took the warnings seriously, and Woodward and Costa's reporting shows "how much he himself was worried not about somebody pushing the nuclear button but just wanting to batten down the hatches, make sure everybody in the chain of command understood how this was going to happen."
This was necessary, Leonnig added, because Trump "was behaving in a, you know, let's face it, an unhinged way after the election and much more dramatically after January 6th."
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Biden-bashing restaurant owner blames government for his business closing -- even though he took $460K in COVID relief
A Wisconsin restaurant owner who took more than $460,000 in COVID-19 relief funds last year blamed the government for his business closing -- and then recanting when questioned by a local newspaper.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that John McKay, the owner of the Pine Cone Restaurant in DeForest, Wisconsin, put up a note on his door that blamed President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for his restaurant shutting down.
"Due to the decisions of your state government (Evers) and your federal government (Biden), The Pine Cone has been forced to close its doors after 40 years," the note read. "Thanks for all your support."
However, McKay admitted to the Wisconsin State Journal that the government really wasn't to blame for his business closing, and in reality, the restaurant is shutting down because its lease is up.
"That was just a little frustration, that was a bad decision," McKay admitted about the sign. "It's just strictly the lease. Our lease was up after 40 years... Got old and got tired."
In fact, records show that the government helped McKay's restaurant stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Pine Cone "got two Paycheck Protection Program loans, one in 2020 and one this year, totaling $464,040."
The relationship between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Donald Trump is so frayed that the Senate GOP Leader hopes he will never again have to talk to the former president.
Business Insider reported on the final conversation between the two Republicans, as it was described in the new book Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.
After McConnell congratulated Joe Biden from the Senate floor on December 15th, Trump reportedly called McConnell and "spewed expletives."
"Mr. President, the Electoral College has spoken. That's the way we pick a president in this country," McConnell explained.
"You lost the election, the Electoral College has spoken," was reportedly the last thing McConnell said.
McConnell reportedly hoped it would "be the final time he and Trump would ever speak to each other."
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