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Get a Load of What H.R. McMaster Has to Say About Trump Behind Closed Doors

Rex Tillerson isn't the only official who seems to think the president is a moron.

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Donald Trump’s top advisers seem to be in a competition for who can most lavishly insult his intelligence. Sure, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a f*cking moron, but check out national security adviser H.R. McMaster:

Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.

A sixth source who was not familiar with the details of the dinner told BuzzFeed News that McMaster had made similarly derogatory comments about Trump’s intelligence to him in private, including that the president lacked the necessary brainpower to understand the matters before the National Security Council.

Six sources, huh? The Trump administration and Oracle deny that this happened, but … wouldn’t you like to see H.R. McMaster have to answer it personally on camera? Rex Tillerson didn't deny what he said; it would be interesting to see if McMaster would have that integrity, or how convincing a denial he could mount.


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Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.