A new book has claimed that former President Donald Trump praised Adolf Hitler during a conversation with his then chief of staff Gen. John Kelly.
Michael Bender’s new book ‘Frankly, We Did Win This Election – The Inside Story Of How Trump Lost’ claims that Trump told his chief of staff that “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things” during a 2018 visit to Europe for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. Bender interviewed Trump after he left office and writes that Trump denied the comments. Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington also released a statement which said “This is totally false. President Trump never said this. It is made-up fake news, probably by a general who was incompetent and was fired.”
The Guardian newspaper which has managed to obtain a copy of the book before it’s officially launched reports that the then President launched into an “impromptu history lesson” during which Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general “reminded the President which countries were on which side during the conflict” and how the First World War contributed to the start of the “Second World War and all of Hitler’s atrocities.”
Bender cites unnamed sources in the book when he writes that Kelly “told the President that he was wrong, but Trump was undeterred.” It’s then reported that Trump cited Germany’s economic recovery in the 1930’s under Hitlers rule, to which Kelly argued that the “German people would have been better off poor than subjected to Nazi genocide.” Kelly is also reported to have told Trump that even if his claim about the German economy were true ,“you cannot ever say anything supportive of Adolf Hitler, you just can’t.”
During this same trip to Europe Trump also received criticism over allegations that he called America’s war dead as “losers” and “suckers.” Trump issued a stern rebuke of the allegations calling the people who suggested such things “low life’s and they’re lairs.” Close to 2 dozen people with first-hand accounts have called this false. During the European visit Trump also cancelled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, citing poor weather conditions, forcing him to deny cancelling the visit because he didn’t want to honour the war dead.
Gen. Kelly was Trump’s longest serving chief of staff. He resigned from that post in December 2018 amid reports that Kelly and the President were no longer on speaking terms after he clashed with Trump, White house staff and then-First Lady Melania Trump. Since leaving Trumps staff Kelly has been highly critical of his former boss describing him at one stage as “the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”
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