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‘Dopes and babies!’ The 'Stable Genius' unleashed expletive-filled rant at Military Leaders after growing bored in Pentagon Meeting:


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Trump erupted during a briefing intended to teach him the basic fundamentals of U.S. foreign policy — and essentially ended any hope that he would ever learn them.

 

Six months into his presidency, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were frustrated and alarmed by the gaps in Trump’s knowledge of world affairs, and they scheduled a Pentagon briefing to catch him up, reported the Washington Post.

 

The July 20, 2017, meeting has been reported before, but the new book “A Very Stable Genius,” by the Post‘s Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, offers new details about the meeting and Trump’s reaction to the presentation.

 

“Oh, baby, this is going to be f*cking wild,” Steve Bannon, then White House chief strategist, thought as Mattis explained the NATO alliance. “If you stood up and threatened to shoot [Trump], he couldn’t say ‘postwar rules-based international order.’ It’s just not the way he thinks.”

 

Trump was quickly aggravated by the presentation — which featured charts and graphics, punctuated with dollar signs — and repeatedly interrupted to alleviate his apparent boredom, said others who took part in the meeting.

“We are owed money you haven’t been collecting!” Trump complained as top officials explained foreign alliances. “You would totally go bankrupt if you had to run your own business.”

 

Trump seemed preoccupied with voiding President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which he called “the worst deal in history,” and blew up when Tillerson started to explain why it was effective.

 

“I don’t want to hear it,” Trump said. “They’re cheating, they’re building. We’re getting out of it. I keep telling you, I keep giving you time, and you keep delaying me. I want out of it.”

 

Trump then moved on to Afghanistan, which he called a “loser war” to the shock and horror of military officials who’d fought there.

“You’re all losers,” Trump said. “You don’t know how to win anymore.”

 

The president then asked why the U.S. didn’t get oil in exchange for stationing troops in the Persian Gulf.

“We spent $7 trillion; they’re ripping us off,” Trump yelled. “Where is the f*cking oil?”

 

“The American people are saying we can’t spend a trillion dollars a year on this,” he complained. “We just can’t. It’s going to bankrupt us.”

By that point, according to the book, Trump had worked himself into a lather, insulting individual military leaders and breathlessly ranting.

“I wouldn’t go to war with you people,” Trump brayed. “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”

 

Others in the room felt sick to their stomach by the president’s tirade and one woman was seen crying, and only Tillerson spoke up to defend the military — and he famously wrote off Trump after the meeting, speaking to others as the room emptied.

“He’s a f*cking moron,” the secretary of state said.

 
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New book, ‘Very Stable Genius,’ contains smorgasbord of Trump stupidity

 

“[Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson’s years of negotiating with Putin and studying his moves on the chessboard were suddenly irrelevant,” the duo writes. “‘I have had a two-hour meeting with Putin,’ Trump told Tillerson. ‘That’s all I need to know. . . . I’ve sized it all up. I’ve got it.’”

 

 

 

“Hey, John, what’s this all about? What’s this a tour of?” Trump asks his then-Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, as the men prepare to take a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, which commemorates the December 1941 Japanese surprise attack in the Pacific that pulled the United States into World War II.

“Trump had heard the phrase ‘Pearl Harbor’ and appeared to understand that he was visiting the scene of a historic battle, but he did not seem to know much else,” write the authors, later quoting a former senior White House adviser who concludes: “He was at times dangerously uninformed.”

And …

Early in his administration, for instance, Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin — so much so, the authors write, “that during the transition he interrupts an interview with one of his secretary of state candidates” to inquire about his pressing desire: “When can I meet Putin? Can I meet with him before the inaugural ceremony?” he asks.

 

And …

Some details are more harmless than disconcerting. Early in his presidency, Trump agrees to participate in an HBO documentary that features judges and lawmakers — as well as all the living presidents — reading aloud from the Constitution. But Trump struggles and stumbles over the text, blaming others in the room for his mistakes and griping, “It’s like a foreign language.”

And just in case you think Trump’s stupidity is somehow innocuous, guess again. The authors write that he once told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “It’s not like you’ve got China on your border.”

Modi was no doubt surprised to hear that. Because he does.

After Trump bungles his India-China geography and seems to dismiss the threat China poses to India, for instance, the authors write that “Modi’s eyes bulged out in surprise.”

“Modi’s expression gradually shifted, from shock and concern to resignation,” they continue, adding that one Trump aide concludes Modi probably “left that meeting and said, ‘This is not a serious man. I cannot count on this man as a partner.’”

After the meeting, the aide explains to them, “‘the Indians took a step back’ in their diplomatic relations with the United States.”

 

There’s lots more at the link. Enjoy. Or, well, what’s the opposite of “enjoy”? Oh, yes. Vomit. That’s more like it.

 

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