John Bolton sent Fiona Hill a message after she testified: "You did the right thing." James Mattis did the same: "I was enormously proud of your demonstrated courage." Neither men risked what she did.
Fiona Hill, who was referred to as “the Russia bitch” by some of President Trump’s top advisers, reflects on the dysfunction, the misogyny, and the corruption that have proliferated in Trump’s White House.
“Trump addressed female aides as ‘honey,’ ‘sweetie,’ ‘darling.’ If he didn’t like how an adviser looked, he would say, ‘Honey, you look so tired.’ He would say of women, ‘They look OK in person but on TV they look really bad. Why do they look so bad?’ “
Fiona Hill: " “We’re doing this to ourselves now. The Russians don’t have to do a thing.” via
Trump addressed female aides as “honey,” “sweetie” & “darling.” If he didn’t like how they looked, he would say, “Honey, you look so tired.” Trump about his female advisers: “They look OK in person, but on TV they look really bad. Why do they look so bad?”
Fiona Hill, who was referred to as “the Russia bitch” by some of President Trump’s top advisers, reflects on the dysfunction, the misogyny, and the corruption that have proliferated in Trump’s White House.
After Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, a group of senior officials asked Trump to tell them about the conversation. “He didn’t want to share,” the former White House official said. “His mind-set was: This is between me and my friend.”
Fascinating that PM Viktor Orban, through his DC lobbyist, former congressman Connie Mack, managed to undermine Fiona Hill who was seen as an obstacle for a Trump-Orban meeting. Mack started smearing Hill and accused her of being an agent of George Soros.
“When your house is on fire, you’ve got to go in and save something,” said Senior Fellow Fiona Hill about her decision to work in the Trump administration. Read her profile
Trump was “rougher with women. He has a problem with women.” He had a problem with Fiona Hill. “Anyone who takes notes is suspect.” Some of Trump’s top advisers, including Reince Priebus, his chief of staff, began referring to Hill as “the Russia bitch.”
Fiona Hill on watching Trump press conference with Putin in Helsinki: “I just sat there and thought, Maybe I should just fall over backwards onto the media behind me and fake a medical emergency just to stop this agony.” From gripping profile
I can just hear Fiona Hill saying this, as she watched the Helsinki summit unfold: “I sat there and thought, Maybe I should just fall over backwards onto the media behind me & fake a medical emergency just to stop this agony.” Great profile, .
"'We’re doing this to ourselves now. The Russians don’t have to do a thing.'"
Quite a read: Trump’s interpreter, Yuri Shkeyrov..."told them that Trump had assured Putin that he believed his denials, & that Trump had confiscated his notes. (Shkeyrov declined to comment.)At the end of the meeting, Putin told Trump, 'Let’s talk later'"
From "What Fiona Hill Learned In the White House" by : "He just rants and raves. It's mostly about what was on Fox News," a former WH official says. "He really does believe that he knows more than the generals, more than the intelligence pros."
After Fiona Hill testified, John Bolton sent her a message saying “you did the right thing.” But Bolton saved his revelations for a book deal.
Fiona Hill took a thankless job, hoping to help safeguard the country. Trump loyalists accused her of being a deep state mole; Obama loyalists accused her of being a collaborator. The perils of public service.
“A Devil’s Bargain“: ⁦⁩ on Fiona Hill
Hill on Helsinki press conference: “I just sat there and thought, Maybe I should just fall over backwards onto the media behind me and fake a medical emergency just to stop this agony.” via
“We’re doing this to ourselves now,” she said. “The Russians don’t have to do a thing.”
I say the below statement pretty much on a daily basis now. “We’re doing this to ourselves now,” she said. “The Russians don’t have to do a thing.” Also Fiona Hill is a badass 💪🏼
Left: a paragraph from this new Fiona Hill profile Right: a passage from and my book
"Trump seemed to relish the fact that he could be rude to a decorated military leader with impunity."
This deeply reported look at NSC under McMaster confirms a lot of my own reporting from that era, a long read and interesting one.
One take away from the Fiona Hill profile in is that she says over and again that she doesn’t think Trump was a Manchurian candidate, or beholden to Russia.
“One of Steele’s more salacious findings alleged that the Russians had a sex tape that would compromise Trump. The level of detail made Hill suspect that Steele’s sources had slipped him bits of misinformation to discredit the rest of his research.”
Excited to read this profile of Fiona Hill, but, as a scholar/former bureaucrat at a think tank, this lede by burns
Fascinating reading; also solves the mystery of where Russia experts come from
Interesting profile by in : What Fiona Hill Learned in the White House