Gen. John E. Hyten, one of the country’s highest-ranking generals dismissed Donald Trump as an “idiot” with no “basic understanding of national security” during dinner back in 2017. The general’s words became public on Wednesday when notes from that night were published by the Washington Post.
Retired Col. Kathy Spletstoser shared the notes she took during the October 2017 dinner with The Post.
Spletstoser’s notes clearly detailed the general’s thoughts on not only Donald Trump but Melania Trump as well.
“The president is an idiot,” Hyten told Spletstoser and the others that were seated at his table.
Spletstoser says that she turned over her transcripts to investigators who were investigating if the notes were hidden to protect Hyten’s career.
“He is just a businessman without the basic understanding of national security,” the general stated. “Everything is a business transaction for him and making money is winning to him and the only thing that matters.”
An official from the White House responded to Hyten’s statement by saying, “We are unfamiliar with any conversation like this. Discussions like this would not be had casually around a dinner table.”
Reportedly, Hyten also stated during the dinner that he believed Melania Trump had a better understanding of military operations than her husband did.
“The president wanted to sell nuclear-powered submarines to the South Koreans, and I had to talk him out of it, explaining why this was a bad idea. Everything is about a business deal — that is how the president views things, through that lens,” Spletsoser’s notes recorded the general saying.
“I also spent a lot of time talking to Melania Trump about the locations of all our intercontinental ballistic missile fields,” the general added. “She was more inquisitive and smarter than the president.”
This is not the first time Trump has been criticized by members of his own administration. Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis and his former
The White House has not responded to Hyten’s comments.