Trump rages over post-presidential books he did interviews for

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The avalanche of coming books has caused recriminations. And there is anxiety about what’s to come.

Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on July 11, 2021, in Dallas. | AP Photo/LM Otero

By MERIDITH MCGRAW

07/15/2021 04:30 AM EDT

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He knew it was coming. But former President Donald Trump still was not pleased.

He had read a new book excerpt — one of many about his presidency in the last few weeks — that described him telling his former chief of staff John Kelly that Hitler, for all his horrors, “did a lot of good things.”

The account came from Michael Bender’s work, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.” And for weeks, the former president had anxiously anticipated it surfacing. When Bender first approached him about it in the spring, Trump, through a spokesperson, told the Wall Street Journal reporter the anecdote was “defamatory.” Bender said he interpreted it as a legal threat; but like many such threats from Trump, nothing came of it.

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