Trump ‘wanted his generals to be more like Hitler’s’


According to a book by two American journalists, Donald Trump reportedly asked why his generals couldn’t be more like those who served Adolf Hitler in World War II.

Trump reportedly told John Kelly, his chief of staff and retired Marine Corps general, “You damn generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”

Mr Kelly reportedly replied, “Which generals?” and was told, “The German generals in World War II.”

Corresponding The Divider: Trump at the White House, 2017-21Mr Kelly then said to the President: “You know that you tried to kill Hitler three times and almost succeeded?”

But Mr Trump replied: “No, no, no, they were absolutely loyal to him.”

The conversation was reported in the book by journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, an excerpt of which was published in The New Yorker Magazine.

It was one in a series of episodes showing a highly contradictory relationship between Mr Trump and his top military commanders.

In a statement to The New YorkerMr Trump said: “These were very untalented people and when I realized it I didn’t rely on them, I relied on the real generals and admirals within the system.”

According to the book, Trump’s conflict with military command could be traced back to his visit to Paris on Bastille Day, some six months into his presidency.

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, organized an impressive military demonstration to mark the centenary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

When Mr. Trump began exploring the idea of ​​a similar parade in Washington, his military chiefs strongly opposed it. Veteran US Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reportedly told the president it reminded him of his childhood in Portugal.

“That’s what dictators do,” he told Mr. Trump.

The book reports that Mr Trump said to Mr Kelly: “I don’t want any wounded in the parade. That doesn’t look good for me.” Mr Kelly reportedly replied, “These are the heroes”.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is said to have had a “moment on the way to Damascus” after Mr Trump demanded that the military clear Black Lives Matter protesters from outside the White House in 2020.

Photos were released last night that appeared to show notes in Mr Trump’s handwriting that he had tried to flush toilets. They should possibly have been preserved as the President’s records.

The photos are from a forthcoming book shop steward by journalist Maggie Haberman.

A spokesman for Mr Trump denied the allegations. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Trump ‘wanted his generals to be more like Hitler’s’

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