A relentlessly anti-Trump book is out by two supposedly independent and unbiased Washington Post journalists, one a White House reporter, and it includes a depiction of a meeting in which President Trump assailed his advisors.
These included James Mattis, Kirstjen Nielsen, and H.R. McMaster, people who all were part of the status quo that Trump was trying to overturn. Based on the way things are now going, all the grief expressed by the establishment that Trump wasn’t cooperating with these people seems a little misplaced.
According to the Washington Examiner:
President Trump blasted his most senior military officers as a “bunch of dopes and babies” and dismissed them as “losers” for their failures in Afghanistan, according to a new book.
A Very Stable Genius was written by two Washington Post reporters and will be published next week.
An excerpt released on Friday describes how senior officials and generals met Trump for a briefing at the Pentagon in the summer of 2017. The new account details how the president descended into a rage at the “schoolhouse vibe” as Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis attempted to explain American deployments around the world.
Other attendees such as Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, quickly realized the speakers had no idea how to address the president when their talk’s title page made reference to “the post-war international rules-based order.”
As the briefing continued, he accused his top brass of incompetence. He turned to the conflict in Afghanistan, America’s longest war, which he described as a “loser war.”
“You’re all losers,” Trump said. “You don’t know how to win anymore.”
“I wouldn’t go to war with you people [by my side],” he bellowed to a disbelieving room. “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”
“In some instances, the volatile president was verbally and emotionally abusive toward Nielsen,” authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig wrote. “‘Kirstjen, you’re just not tough enough,’ Trump would tell her. Trump complained Nielsen did not ‘look the part’ of homeland security secretary.”
“He made fun of her and believed that at about five feet four inches she was not physically intimidating. ‘She’s so short,’ Trump would tell others about Nielsen. She and Kelly would try to make light of it. Kelly would rib her and say, ‘But you’ve got those little fists of fury!’”
Nielsen, 47, left her post in April after 16 months leading the department.