Trump trashes ex-White House aide Fiona Hill as ‘deep state stiff with a nice accent’
Former President Donald Trump trashed ex-White House aide Fiona Hill as a “deep state stiff with a nice accent” on Thursday just days after she released a new tell-all book.
Trump said he hardly knew the British-born Hill and accused the one-time star impeachment witness of being “terrible at her job.”
“Books are being written by people like her who had virtually no access to me, and who I didn’t even know,” Trump said in an email statement. “They write it as if they’re experts on ‘Trump,’ but they know absolutely nothing about me.”
Hill testified about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into helping the effort to dig up dirt about then-candidate Joe Biden.
Trump called Hill’s testimony at his impeachment trial “a total con job,” even though he conceded she sat in on top level meetings in the Oval Office.
“This was not anybody who I recognized,” he wrote. “She acted like she was a know-it-all, but in reality, she had no influence whatsoever.”
Hill’s book, "There’s Nothing for You Here," hit store shelves this week.
Hill, who briefly captured the national spotlight with her inspirational immigrant story, writes in the book that Trump mistook her for a secretary and called her “darling.”
Hill wrote that she remains deeply concerned about American democracy after seeing firsthand how Trump sought to bend institutions to his will. But she doesn’t believe he has ever been a Russian agent, saying the ex-president is too self-centered to let himself be anyone’s puppet.
Trump also blasted Hill, a former National Security Agency expert on Russia, for being a protege of John Bolton, the hawkish ex-securocrat who had an epic falling out with Trump.
“She was very close to one of the dumbest and most “crazed” people in Washington, John Bolton,” Trump said. “Both of them didn’t say much and what they did say wasn’t listened to.”