Report: Trump Called Pentagon Chiefs ‘Babies’ And ‘Dopes’ During A Fit Of Rage
By six months into President Donald Trump’s first term, it had become apparent to many in the administration that Trump suffered a significant lack of understanding of history — and how that history informs the global order today, particularly in relation to the United States’ standing as the biggest world power.
It also became apparent that without some sort of intervention, Trump’s impulses, ostensibly borne of the gaping holes in his knowledge and understanding, could set up the U.S. for major crises.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided it was imperative to organize a learning session for the president, in hopes of quelling his impetuous tendencies, according to the new book, “A Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America.”
They gathered in the Tank — "a windowless and secure vault" at the Pentagon "where the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet regularly to wrestle with classified matters."
But as might be expected, Trump rolled over the wiser and more seasoned voices in the room that day to rail against their worldviews and insert his own understanding of the world — no matter how flawed.
As the lesson flowed through elements of history and into the present — for example, an explainer on “the power of the NATO alliance to stabilize Europe and keep the United States safe” — Trump only became more irritated, the book reports.
And by the time the topic turned to the war in Afghanistan, which brought the “America First” president head-to-head with top military brass, Trump’s gloves were off.
“I want to win,” he reportedly said. “We don’t win any wars anymore . . . We spend $7 trillion, everybody else got the oil and we’re not winning anymore.”
What rolled off his tongue next stunned every person in the room.
“I wouldn’t go to war with you people,” Trump told his military leaders, in a fit of rage. “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”
“So many people in that room had gone to war and risked their lives for their country, and now they were being dressed down by a president who had not,” the book says. “They felt sick to their stomachs. Tillerson told others he thought he saw a woman in the room silently crying.”
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly sat silent through the entire ordeal.