“I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals. They were like from a movie. Better looking than Tom Cruise, & stronger. And I had more generals than I’ve ever seen, and we were at the bottom of this incredible room. I said, ‘this is greatest room I’ve ever seen,” Vox reporter Aaron Ruper quoted United States President Donald Trump during what has turned into a much discussed press event at the White House on Wednesday.
The comment on the appearance of those working for and alongside him isn’t the first time President Trump has made such claims concerning physical appearance.
Trump’s Previous Comments On Looks
“[John] Bolton’s mustache is a problem. Trump doesn’t think he looks the part, you know Bolton is an acquired taste,” former White House Chief Strategist and known white nationalist, Steve Bannon said according to Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump administration. President Trump would go on to appoint Bolton to become his National Security Advisor, Bolton a neoconservative ‘warhawk‘ and friend of the military industrial complex is said to be pushing for several preemptive military strikes.
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I’m not eating Oreos anymore, you know that—but neither is Chris [Christie],” Trump said. “You’re not eating Oreos anymore. No more Oreos. For either of us, Chris. Don’t feel bad,” Trump said at a 2017 fundraiser, signaling out the former New Jersey Governor. Trump has also attacked the weight of Rosie O’Donnell multiple times throughout the past several years.
The President has also described numerous people as looking as if they are out of ‘central casting‘ without going into detail about what qualifies them for a specific position. He extended this descriptor to the highly controversial Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh after his nomination to the court.
Former candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, Carley Fiorina recently penned an op-ed concerning President Trump insulting her physical appearance.
When then-candidate Donald Trump made disparaging comments about my appearance, many were shocked. I was not. He was not the first man, nor will he be the last, to comment on my appearance — positively or negatively — in an attempt to diminish or distract from my ability to contribute and lead. When I was asked on the presidential debate stage to respond, the answer came easily because this was all-too-familiar territory for me.
Why The Focus?
Any speculation concerning why President Trump focuses on the physical appearance of individuals would be purely commentary. However, it does deliver insight into his decision-making process — especially when detailing whom he decides to hire for important government positions.
With his eventual hiring of John Bolton and rumors stating he offered Chris Christie to be his Chief Of Staff, the President can evidently be persuaded to making a hiring decision despite not enjoying the appearance of an individual.
Yet, it does seem as if he does indeed need counsel from his advisors prior to doing so.