Fiona Hill, former President Donald Trump’s one-time Russia adviser, alleges that part of the State Department’s job was to keep tabs on negative comments foreign officials made and ensure they weren’t included in meetings with the Republican president.
Hill, who worked at the National Security Council from 2017 until 2019, wrote in her new book There Is Nothing for You Here that Trump thrived on positive reinforcement, often being swayed by those who paid him compliments before offering their opinions. He also sought to seek “payback” for those who were even perceived to have insulted him, a group of people who found themselves on the “nasty list.”
“At times like this I felt like Alice in Wonderland watching the Queen of Hearts constantly calling ‘Off with his head!’ or ‘Off with her head!’ whenever someone displeased her,” Hill wrote in the book. “And the president was forever wanting people ‘taken out.'”