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Book: Trump Called His Generals “Dopes,” “Babies,” and “Losers”

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.

9 thoughts on “Book: Trump Called His Generals “Dopes,” “Babies,” and “Losers””

  1. It’s hard to blame the military for ‘forever’ wars when the C in C gives orders that don’t make sense or are detrimental to success. Obama orders thousands of troops to Afghanistan then announced they would be leaving on a certain date – the most insane military plan ever.
    MrTrump wants to end the wars, just announce done&out, but without the endless wars the military is redundant.
    Maybe MrTrump said those things, and maybe he didn’t. It’s hard to trust anything someone says about him is actually true.

  2. Being a US Navy Vet…I am disgusted by todays ‘Admirals’. Todays current Admirals are nothing but cowardly DC political animals; they care more about their Flag perks, and getting cushy Six-figure$$$ post-retirement jobs with defense contractors & think tanks.
    Todays Admirals have gutted-weakened the once proud fighting US Navy…with 25+ years of Politically Correct “diversity training”; instead or war-fighting or driving ships (see Pacific collisions), classes of useless warships (LCS, Zummwalt DD, Ford CVN) and BIILLIONS wasted…
    So I say to hell with these useless Admirals.

      1. It’s already rather cyber-ly. We don’t have bombers fighting in the air, but a team of bombers in front of a video screen pushing buttons.
        At least with President Trump he doesn’t micromanage every move made.

  3. Gosh. I called my husband all three of those yesterday ..but after 39 years of marital bliss we’ve learned how to box it out and work it out (dad was Marine) Time to man up ladies and gents. A bumpy ride ahead if we don’t KAG2020!

  4. When I read about yet another anti-Trump book, this one written by two Washington Post “reporters”, the needle on my BS Meter starts to swing wildly. So it’s a “no” for me.

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