The lengths that Donald Trump’s administration members have had to go just to keep this country safe from the unhinged president that managed to con his way into the White House is insane. It’s now being reported by the Washington Post that outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis was extremely concerned about how unstable Trump was and made private arrangements to step in if the president put the country in danger.
We all know that if there’s one person who should not have any access to the nuclear codes, it’s Trump. Mattis knew this as well and promised Congressional leaders that he would be watching Trump closely and prevent him from starting a nuclear war. The Post wrote:
Every day, the U.S. nuclear early warning system is triggered by some event or another, mostly civilian and military rocket launches by one or more of a dozen countries with ballistic missiles. When such launches appear to threaten North America, the head of U.S. Strategic Command is alerted, and sometimes these alerts warrant the urgent notification of the president.”
Because Mattis was well aware that Trump would be getting a call and could not be trusted, Mattis made private arrangements to be notified immediately if there were such a call. The Post reported:
For over a year, Mattis has been trying to reassure congressional leaders that he could help check some of Trump’s impulses, in part by intervening in the nuclear chain of command. In a break with normal procedures, Mattis reportedly told the commander of the Strategic Command to keep him directly informed of any event that might lead to a nuclear alert being sent to the president. He even told the Strategic Command ‘not to put on a pot of coffee without letting him know.’”
Concerned lawmakers interpreted Mattis’ promise to them to mean that he “would either deal with a possible threat before it reached Trump or ensure he was present to advise Trump when such an alert arrived.”
It is truly a shame that Trump literally has to be babysat, but this proves it.
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