Trump asked Kelly why he couldn’t be more like German WWII generals: book

Former President Trump asked his then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly why he couldn’t be like the German generals loyal to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to an upcoming book. 

In an excerpt from “The Divider: Trump in The White House,” by New York Times writer Peter Baker and The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser, the authors depict the former president glorifying Nazi generals’ loyalty and lamenting that his own military didn’t match that obedience.

“‘You f–ing generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?’” Trump asked Kelly, according to the books’ authors. When Kelly countered that Nazi generals had tried to kill their leader, the former president insisted that they had been unflaggingly loyal.  

The excerpt, published in The New Yorker, follows former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as he assumes the position against caution from Kelly and former Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The authors reveal a resignation letter that Milley wrote in June 2020 upon realizing Trump was “doing great and irreparable harm” to the U.S. and politicizing the military, following the now-infamous photo op of Trump and his advisers in Lafayette Square, shortly after Black Lives Matter protesters had been tear-gassed in order to clear the area.   

Milley never sent the letter, but reportedly decided instead to fight the former president from the inside. 

According to the new excerpt, the former chairman “feared that Trump’s ‘Hitler-like’ embrace of his own lies about the election would lead him to seek a ‘Reichstag moment,’” referring to Hitler’s 1933 power grab, wherein he capitalized on a fire in the parliament building to stoke fears and seize control of the country. 

Milley reportedly worried that Trump would intentionally cause a conflict —at home or abroad — to justify preventing the transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election.

In the draft resignation letter shared in the excerpt, Milley wrote that then-President Trump was undoing the work of those who fought in the World Wars. 

“‘And lastly it is my deeply held belief that you’re ruining the international order, and causing significant damage to our country overseas… That generation, like every generation, has fought against that, has fought against fascism, has fought against Nazism, has fought against extremism,” Milley allegedly wrote to Trump. 

“‘It’s now obvious to me that you don’t understand that world order. You don’t understand what the war was all about. In fact, you subscribe to many of the principles that we fought against.’”

“The Divider: Trump in The White House” is slated for publication in September.

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Haberman shares photos of Trump-era White House toilet clogged with wads of paper

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman released a pair of photos to corroborate reporting in her forthcoming book that White House staffers regularly found ripped-up printed paper clogging a toilet in the presidential residence during former president Trump’s administration.

The photos, shared with Axios on Monday, reportedly show small pieces of paper in a toilet in the White House and another from an overseas trip.

“That Mr. Trump was discarding documents this way was not widely known within the West Wing, but some aides were aware of the habit, which he engaged in repeatedly,” Haberman told the outlet.

Reports of Trump-era White House officials attempting to flush documents down toilets first surfaced in February, as reported in Haberman’s forthcoming book.

“You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan,” a spokesperson for Trump told Axios. “We know … there’s enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class — a media class who is willing to run with anything, as long as it anti-Trump.”

The National Archives confirmed in January that some of the documents it received from the Trump administration had been ripped up and taped back together.

Haberman has covered Trump for years, dating back to his time as a real estate mogul in New York City. Her new book on on the former president’s life debuts in October.

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