The “New Yorker” website published today (Monday) an excerpt from the book “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021”, written by Susan Glasser and Peter Baker, who was the “New York Times” correspondent in the White House. In the episode described, the former US president, Donald Trumpturned to the head of the staff at the White House, John Kellyand said that he would like “generals like Adolf Hitler had, completely loyal.”
According to the episode, in the soon-to-be-released book, Trump was described as a president who was frustrated with his military leaders, whom he described as not being loyal and not obedient enough. In the conversation with Mr. Kelly, which took place before the Capitol events on January 6, 2021, the authors of the book claim that Trump underestimated and was unaware of the history of World War II. The generals of the Third Reich were completely populist for Hitler, “that’s the model he wanted for his army,” Kelly said. He added that “there are no such generals in the army, but the president was determined to look into the matter.”
Also, much of the section focuses on the general Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the highest-ranking military official. When the president offered him the job, Milley said that “I’ll do whatever you ask me to do.” General Milley’s frustration peaked on June 1, 2020, when Black Lives Matter protesters Matter” protested in front of the White House. According to the description, Trump demanded to send the army to keep the protesters away, but General Milley and his senior aides refused. In response, Trump shouted: “You all lose.” It was further described that Trump turned to Milley and asked “You can’t Just shoot them? Shoot them in the legs or something?”
After the demonstration was dispersed by the police and the National Guard, General Milley joined President Trump for a walk in the park, in order to take a picture in front of the nearby church. The authors of the book claim that later, Millie saw his decision to join the president as “a misjudgment that will haunt him forever.” A week later, Milley wrote a scathing letter of resignation to the president, which he never submitted in ink, accusing the president of politicizing the military. Milli wrote in the letter that the president is “destroying the international order. I believe you have done great and irreparable damage to my country.” Later, Milli explained that Trump did not respect those who fought against fascism and Nazism during World War II.
However, General Milley ultimately decided to stay in his post, so that he could ensure that the military could not be used as a bulwark against a president “who is out of control,” according to the book’s authors. It is also said that Milli told his assistants “I will fight him”. The challenge, as he saw it, was to prevent Trump from doing further damage, while acting in a manner consistent with his duty to carry out the commander-in-chief’s order. “If they want to prosecute me or put me in prison, I will deal with it.”
In addition to the new revelations, another section of the book reveals new details about Trump’s interactions with senior military and national security officials, and documents dramatic efforts by his top aides to prevent a domestic or international crisis in the weeks following the election loss. Thus, in the summer of 2017, Trump returned from the Bastille Day parade in Paris, and told his assistant Kelly that “Look, I don’t want injured guys in the parade, it doesn’t look good.” Kelly, for his part, did not believe what he heard, and said that “these are the heroes. There is only one group that are more heroes than them, and those are the soldiers who are buried in the cemeteries.” Trump continued his line, saying “it doesn’t look good.”
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