Here is a fact you may have missed in the middle of all the coverage of the allegations and revelations in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book: The Greatest General of Pays believed that President Donald Trump was in a mental decline sufficiently severe that he took countermeasures to ensure Trump did not start a war with China as he stepped out. Yes, it actually happened, according to "Peril. Here is the passage from : "Woodward and Costa write that [Joint Chief Chairman Mark] Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, " was certain that Trump had entered a severe mental decline in the wake of the election, with Trump now almost manic, yelling at officials and building his own alternate reality on endless election conspiracies. "Milley w wrote the authors. " 'You never know what the trigger point is a president, 'Milley told his superiors, "according to the book.Read more Think about it for a minute. Milley, the president's top military adviser, a man who undoubtedly spent a lot of time with Trump during this time, felt he was in "serious mental decline " triggered by his electoral defeat.
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