Trump praised John Kelly for Hitler, new book says

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John Kelly listens to US President Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump, while president, praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, a new book claims.

“Well, Hitler did a lot of good things,” Trump told Kelly during an official visit to Europe in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, according to Michael Bender’s book “Frankly , we won this election. “

The Guardian newspaper, which obtained a copy of the book, reported that Trump made a positive comment about Hitler during an “impromptu history lesson” in which the retired Marine Corps general “reminded the president which countries were on which side during the conflict “and described how World War I ended in” World War II “. World War and all of Hitler’s atrocities. “

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Tens of millions of people died in World War II, in which the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and other Allied Powers fought against the Axis Powers in Germany, in Italy and Japan.

Among the dead were millions of Jews and others who were exterminated in German concentration camps.

The report comes more than 30 years after Vanity Fair magazine cited a claim by Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, that he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed.

Trump, saying that Hitler also “did a lot of good things,” noted to Kelly that the German economy recovered in the 1930s under the Nazi dictator, according to the Guardian report.

But Kelly reportedly said that even if this were true, “You can never say anything for Adolf Hitler. You just can’t.”

Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington denied the book’s account in a statement Wednesday.

“It’s totally wrong,” Harrington said.

“President Trump never said that. This is fake news, probably by an incompetent and fired general,” Harrington said of Kelly.

Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump’s White House refuse an earlier report on the same trip he skipped a planned visit to an American cemetery near Paris, which contains the bodies of American soldiers who died in World War I, after telling staff members, “Why should I go to this cemetery?” It is filled with losers.

Trump announced in late 2018 that Kelly, who was previously his Homeland Security secretary, was stepping down as chief of staff by the end of the year. In the months leading up to her departure, Kelly had clashed with Trump, other White House staff and then-first lady Melania Trump.

Vanity Fair magazine reported in 1990 that Ivana Trump told his lawyer that Donald Trump occasionally read a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, ‘My New Order,’ which he keeps in a closet by his bed.

When the Vanity Fair reporter asked Trump himself if Trump’s cousin had given him this book, the magazine reported that “Trump hesitated.”

“Who told you that?” Trump asked, according to the magazine.

Trump then said, “Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’, and he’s a Jew.”

Davis told Vanity Fair: “I gave him a book on Hitler… But it was’ My New Order ‘, Hitler’s speeches, not’ Mein Kampf.

“I thought he would find it interesting,” Davis said. “I am his friend, but I am not a Jew.”

Trump told the magazine, If I had these speeches, and I’m not saying I got them, I would never read them. “

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