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… the book reveals new details on how Trump’s language became increasingly violent during meetings of the Oval Office as protests in Seattle and Portland began to attract the attention of new cable channels. The president would highlight videos showing law enforcement officers being confronted with protesters and tell his government that he wanted to see more of this behavior, as the excerpts show.
“This is how you should deal with these people,” said Trump, according to Bender, to his top police and military officials. “Hit their skulls!”
Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to intervene and “beat up” the civil rights activists, writes Bender.
“Just shoot them,” said Trump, according to excerpts, several times in the Oval Office.
When Milley and then Attorney General pushed back William Barr, Trump weakened it, but only marginally, Bender adds.
“Well, shoot them in the leg – or maybe in the foot,” Trump said. “But be hard on them!”
The new details on how Milley and a handful of other senior officials were forced to face Trump’s increasingly volatile behavior in the final months of his presidency only add to an already detailed portrait of the dysfunction in the White House at the time in the tensions between Trump and top Pentagon officials in the run-up to the presidential election last November.
CNN contacted Trump about the allegations in Bender’s book. A spokesman for Milley declined to comment.
At times, Milley also ran into high-ranking White House officials trying to encourage the behavior of the then president.
During a debate in the Oval Office, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller intervened, equating the scenes on his television with those in a third world country, and claiming that major American cities had been turned into war zones.
“These cities are on fire,” Miller warned excerpts. The comment enraged Milley, who saw Miller not only as wrong but also out of place, writes Bender in his seat, pointing his finger directly at Miller. “Shut up, Stephen,” snapped Milley out loud.