Miller purposefully took on the role of "f***ing madman" to prevent Trump from following through, according to a new book. Miller said his main goals were "no military coup, no major war, and no troops in the streets."

Christopher Miller, who became acting secretary of defense after the firing of Mark Esper, sought to dissuade former President Donald Trump from attacking Iran by acting like a “fucking madman” and walking Trump through just how destructive such an attack would be, Insider reports.

That’s according to ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl’s forthcoming book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” a copy of which was obtained by Insider in advance of its Tuesday release.

According to Karl, Miller came into the job with the modest goals of “no military coup, no major war, and no troops in the streets,” echoing concerns Esper also had before his firing.

Miller’s containment strategy unfolded in an Oval Office meeting with the former president on November 12, 2020, alongside Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, the national security advisor Robert O’Brien, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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