Trump essentially thought everyone at the National Security Council was a secretary in one form or another. — Fiona Hill, Trump's top Russia advisor on the National Security Council (NSC)
Trump essentially thought everyone at the National Security Council was a secretary in one form or another. — Fiona Hill, Trump's top Russia advisor on the National Security Council (NSC)
Trump thought the White House's top Russia expert was a secretary and called her 'darlin' during a meeting: book
  • Trump called Fiona Hill "darlin'" and mistook her for a secretary after a phone call with Putin, Hill wrote in her new book.
  • Hill was the top Russia expert on the National Security Council.
  • "Trump essentially thought everyone at the National Security Council was a secretary," she wrote.
"Suddenly he was practically yelling — 'Hey, darlin', are you listening? Are you paying attention?'" Trump said to Hill, according to the book. "The president clearly thought I was part of the Executive Secretariat ... He wanted me to type up the revised press release."

Hill wrote that she had "no idea" she would be asked to do the task and felt flustered by the request, while Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner "had thought I was rude" by not immediately answering the president.

She said that being mistaken for a secretary became an "occupational hazard," writing, "Trump essentially thought everyone at the National Security Council was a secretary in one form or another."

... She also said there was far more emphasis on physical appearance and style for women who worked in the West Wing as opposed to those who worked in the NSC's office building.

"In the Trump White House, Ivanka Trump and Fox News set the dress code for women," she wrote. "It was readily apparent that for Trump and those around him, it was all about the look, the image, not who you were and what you did."


The focus on appearance and fashion was so all-encompassing that one of Hill's female colleagues at the NSC joked that going to the West Wing was "like being at your high school prom night, every day."
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