Trump, angered by the situation at the time, called Millie to call for “ten thousand troops” to be deployed on the streets of Washington, Asper wrote. After receiving the phone call, Millie informed Esper of the conversation. Millie’s face, Asper said, was “ashes” when she began talking to Trump.
The next day, Trump reportedly called Esper and Millie to the White House to discuss the protests. Esper, who does not say in his book what was said at the meeting, called it “loud, controversial and unrealistic.” Asper claims that after this, Millie told Asper that he was “close” to resigning on the spot.
The chairman’s office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declined to comment.
According to the book, Esper and Milli managed to persuade the then president to “avoid the terrible consequences – which Trump wanted – but we were shaken.”
Esper told Cooper that he too was on the verge of resigning but that his West Point training, which was linked to “duty, honor and country”, prevented him from doing so.
“I thought the best thing for me was to serve the country. The best thing for me would be to leave,” he told Cooper, before he even worried about Who will take their place?
The former secretary general said on Monday, “I don’t think the president was well served by some of the people he brought around and unfortunately, he continued to attract people like that,” the former secretary general said on Monday. ۔
Esper said he felt Trump had become more enthusiastic after his acquittal by the Senate in his first impeachment case and had brought in loyalists – such as Richard Grenell, former acting director of National Intelligence and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows – who said, “Foreign ideas at a new level.”
The Republican Party, Asper told Cooper, should go beyond Trump and find the “next generation of leaders.”
CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.