According to a new book authored by two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters from the Washington Post, President Donald Trump did not seem to understand the importance or significance of the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii when speaking about it during a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial.
The book, released on Jan. 21, 2020, is titled “A Very Stable Genius“and is filled with hundreds of hours of interviews from over 2000 sources. According to the Pose, many of the details, which are backed up by “calendars, diary entries, internal memos and even private video recordings,” portray the president in a pretty unflattering light, lacking specifically in knowledge of foreign affairs.
The reporters-turned-authors, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, say in the book that during the tour in question, Trump asked John Kelly, who was his chief-of-staff at the time, “Hey, John, what’s this all about? What’s this a tour of?”
“Hey, John, what’s this all about? What’s this a tour of?”President Trump, while attending the WWII Pearl Harbor Memorial
One former senior White House official even said of Trump, “He was at times dangerously uninformed.”
“He was at times dangerously uninformed.”Former Senior White House Official
How is it that a sitting US president doesn’t understand that he was seeing a tribute to the more than 2,400 US soldiers and civilians who gave their lives in the 1941 attack, the very attack that propelled America into WWII? In November of 2017, when Trump visited the site, he said it was something he had “read about, spoken about, heard about, studied [sic]… And that is going to be very exciting for me.”
Japanese forces attacked the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941 and was responsible for the deaths of 1,177 US Navy sailors and Marines. The ship still remains underwater at the site, and over half of the bodies were never recovered.
The memorial, built in 1962, sits directly above the original battleship and is a memorial of all those who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbor assault.
Rucker and Leonnig also say in their book that even though Trump “heard the phrase ‘Pearl Harbor’ and appeared to understand that he was visiting the scene of a historic battle … he did not seem to know much else.”
Trump tweeted in 2016: “Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he’s in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost.”
But in some tweets from Trump and First Lady Melania from 2017, Trump attempted to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous line, “a date which will live in infamy,” but misquoted and said, “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – ‘A day that will live in infamy!'” Also in 2017, the first lady tweeted that the Pearl Harbor attack happened in November rather than December.
“A Very Stable Genius” came out yesterday.