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Trump blew up at a top general over how to handle George Floyd protests, yelling’you can’t f—ing talk to me like that!’, new book says

  • Trump is got into a shouting match with Gen. Milley over racial injustice protests, a new book claims.
  • An excerpt of a new book on Trump describes an expletive-ridden row between the two.
  • Trump denies the conversation ever took place, calling it “fake news.”

A new book says that former President Donald Trump got into an explosive confrontation with General Mark Milley over how to handle racial injustice protests last summer, according to Axios.

An excerpt of a forthcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, seen by Axios, describes an expletive-filled yelling match between Trump and Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

At this time, Trump had been mulling over invoking the Insurrection Act and sending federal troops to quell the protests, some of which were turning deadly.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

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The proposition received considerable pushback from top military leaders at the time. This even reached the Situation Room, Bender wrote in the forthcoming “Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

Bedner said Trump exaggerated how violent the protests were, and said he had put Milley “in charge” of responding, the excerpt said.

When Milley confronted him about this, Trump yelled: “I said you’re in f—ing charge!” according to Bender.

Milley yelled back that he wasn’t in charge, according to Bender. Trump is described as shooting back: “You can’t f—ing talk to me like that!”

Milley then appealed to others in the room, asking them to explain to the president about his legal responsibilities, Bender says.

At this point, then-Attorney General Bill Barr is reported to have chimed in, telling Trump “He’s right, Mr President.”

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, Trump denied to Axios that the conversation had taken place, saying it is “totally fake news.”

“It never ever happened,” he told the outlet. “I’m not a fan of Gen. Milley, but I never had an argument with him and the whole thing is false. He never talked back to me. Michael Bender never asked me about it and it’s totally fake news.”

However, Bender told Axios that the exchange “was confirmed by multiple senior administration officials during the course of hundreds of hours of interviews with dozens of top Trump World aides for this book.”

Bender added that Trump did not reply to his fact-checking email.

Bender’s book writes of several instances where Milley opposed Trump’s plans for reacting to the protests. The book claims that Trump several times called for protesters to be shot and said US troops should “crack their skulls.”