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Trump expressed amazement that Stephen Miller and other top aides were Jewish: 'Who would have thought my top guys are Jews': book

Brent D. Griffiths   

Trump expressed amazement that Stephen Miller and other top aides were Jewish: 'Who would have thought my top guys are Jews': book
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  • Trump expressed amazement that some of his top aides were Jewish, according to a new book.
  • "Who would have thought my top guys are Jews," Trump told Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Jason Miller.

President Donald Trump expressed open amazement during a trip on Air Force One that some of his senior aides were Jewish, according to a new book.

"Who would have thought my top guys are Jews," Trump said to his son-in-law Jared Kushner and senior advisors Stephen Miller and Jason Miller during a pre-2020 election flight, according to Maggie Haberman's "Confidence Man."

Haberman notes that Jason Miller, a top spokesman for Trump's 2016 campaign and later a senior advisor to the president's reelection, is not Jewish.

"This after months of Trump telling Jason Miller that he has a 'sweet, understanding Jewish wife,'" Haberman writes. "Except Jason Miller's wife was not Jewish, and neither was he."

Jason Miller, Stephen Miller, and Trump's post-presidential office didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Trump's first campaign was widely condemned for posting on Twitter an image of then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton imposed over a Star of David. Trump later tried to argue it was a "sheriff's star," though the source was eventually traced back to a white supremacist website. Earlier in the campaign, Trump also elicited outrage when he told a prominent Jewish group that he didn't want their money, saying "you want to control your own politician."

Haberman begins the book by describing how Trump called her to respond to neo-Nazi and former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke's praise of his campaign. Duke had said that people opposed to Trump were "Jewish extremists" and "Jewish supremacists."

"'I'm here with my two Jewish lawyers,' he said, appearing to refer to David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, both of whom handled matters for his company, the Trump Organization," Haberman wrote of the call.

Trump also doubted Kushner's faith at times, according to the book. In a previously reported excerpt, Trump vented about being unable to reach his son-in-law and top advisor on a Saturday. Kushner is described as generally not taking calls on the Sabbath.

"'Fucking Shabbat,'" Trump groused, asking no one in particular if his Jewish son-in-law was really religious or just avoiding work," Haberman wrote.




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