Hitler “did a lot of good things,” Trump told his then chief of staff on a trip to Europe: Report
Adolf Hitler “did a lot of good things,” former US President Donald Trump told then-chief of staff John Kelly during his trip to Europe in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, according to a newspaper article. Wednesday.
Trump’s remark would have “stunned” Kelly, a retired United States Marine Corps general, writes Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender in his book “Frankly, We Won This Election,” The Guardian reported.
Bender writes that during an impromptu history lesson in which Kelly told the former president “which countries were on which side during the conflict,” Trump insisted, “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things.” the newspaper said.
Kelly connected “the points of WWI to WWII and all of Hitler’s atrocities,” according to the newspaper.
This is totally wrong. President Trump never said that. This is fake news made up, likely by a general who was incompetent and was fired, ” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said in a statement.
But Bender says unnamed sources reported Kelly “told the president he was wrong, but Trump was not discouraged,” pointing to Germany’s economic recovery under Hitler in the 1930s.
“Kelly again pushed back,” Bender writes, “and argued that the German people would have been better poor than subjected to the Nazi genocide.” Bender adds that Kelly told Trump that although his claim on the German economy under the Nazis after 1933 were true, ” you can never say anything in favor of Adolf Hitler. You just can’t. ” Kelly, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, left the White House in early 2019. He has been critical of Trump ever since, reportedly telling friends the president he served was “the most imperfect person I have ever met in my life”.
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