“I learned an important lesson that would pay off when Trump returned for a briefing the following January: only use slides with pictures … no words.”
Mattis's ex-speechwriter says Mattis hoped Trump's first Pentagon briefing would educate Trump on the U.S. commitment to the world. Instead, Trump talked about Macron's handshake and declaring, "I want a 'Victory Day' ... The Fourth of July is too hot."
Guy Snodgrass, former chief speechwriter for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: "Trump veered from topic to topic—Syria, Mexico, a recent Washington Post story he didn’t like—like a squirrel caught in traffic, dashing one way and then another."
Trump's first Pentagon meeting went off the rails after the president abruptly cut off the discussion to ask about throwing a giant military parade in the nation's capital
"We had just witnessed a meeting with Trump, up close and personal. Now we knew why access was controlled so tightly."
Here it is -- the first excerpt from the new book by Guy Snodgrass, former chief speechwriter for James Mattis -- "Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon With Secretary Mattis" comes out next week
"For the remainder of the meeting, Trump veered from topic to topic... like a squirrel caught in traffic, dashing one way and then another. The issues were complicated, yet all of the president’s answers were simplistic and ad hoc."
We sued for its unconstitutional attempt to censor ' #1stAmendment rights. #DoD caved & this book is the result. Disturbing content. #Mattis #MadDog
This story is an excellent reminder that the "adults in the room" were never able to manage their boss. The toddler has always been running this show. via
Inside Trump's First Pentagon Briefing
#Presidementia #MalignantEnabling Many accounts are coming out detailing Trump’s cognitive impairment, executive dysfunction, deficits in reasoning and conceptual thought.
PLEASE STAND BY: multiple additions to the #ToddlerInChief thread are coming from this story.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1116th tweet in the #ToddlerInChief thread.]
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1117th tweet in the #ToddlerInChief thread.]
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1118th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
Read this article. You know what would be more useful than another book that tells us Trump's a moron? The briefing Mattis prepared for Trump. Wouldn't it be good if he went on television and gave us an unclassified version of that briefing?
“a nondescript dark blue folder” (I’m sorry but I can’t stop laughing at that phrase)
Inside Trump's First Pentagon Briefing "None of his attempts were working. From my vantage point, Mattis was playing a game of chess against a president fixated on “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” via