US President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out at his top military advisers in 2017 in the so-called Tank 2E924, a clandestine windowless meeting vault within the multitude of secluded corners within the US Department of Defence.
The 2E924 room is reportedly where the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet regularly to discuss and brainstorm classified matters. A new book co-authored by investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America” – expected to emerge on stores shelves later this month – unveils details of a key briefing that may have shaped Trump’s erratic foreign policy decisions and crystallized the US commander in chief’s berating, derisive and dismissive manner.
The book tells readers that, six months into his administration, then-Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson grew alarmed by the profound gaps in Trump’s knowledge of modern history and current international relations.
According to the book’s authors, Trump cozied up to his worldview under the simple banner of “America First”. Mattis, Tillerson, and Cohn, however, were convinced that the groundless impulsive proposals of the US president would imperil national security.
On 20 July 2017, Mattis invited Trump to the 2E924, for what the former described as a ‘tailored tutorial’ for…