House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
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Pelosi wondered after the insurrection if people in Trump’s orbit stood up to him, a new book says.
“Is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt over all this?” she asked.
She made the remark in a phone call with Gen. Mark Milley about ways to limit Trump’s power.
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Two days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a deadly attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to know if anyone in President Donald Trump’s orbit was willing to stand up to him.
“Is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?” Pelosi asked Gen. Mark Milley during a heated phone call. That’s according to “Peril,” by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
“Is there any reason to think that somebody, some voice of reason, could have weighed in with him?” she asked Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the book reported. “So for this, we are very, very affected by this. This is not an accident. This is not something that you go, well, now that’s done, let’s go from there. Let’s move on. It ain’t that. This is deep what he did. He traumatized the staff. He assaulted the Capitol and the rest of that. And he’s not going to get away with it. He’s not going to be empowered to do more.”
The California Democrat went on to describe Trump as “unhinged” and wondered if Milley could “prevail in the snake pit of the Oval Office and the crazy family as well.”
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