Donald Trump once vowed he’d hire only “the best and most serious people” as president. Now, he’s admitting he hired “garbage” instead.

In a new statement, Trump attacked the members of his administration who are now speaking out in a wave of new books, saying, “Nobody had ever heard of some of these people” until he hired them.

“Many say I am the greatest star-maker of all time,” Trump stated. “But some of the stars I produced are actually made of garbage.”

He also called them “losers” who “talk, talk, talk!”

In another statement, Trump attacked Gen. Mark Milley ― his hand-selected pick as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ― who said in a new book that he worried Trump would try to use the military to stay in power and compared him to Hitler. Trump said he hired Milley only because his former defense secretary, James Mattis, “could not stand him.”

“I often act counter to people’s advice who I don’t respect,” Trump said, despite the fact that he hired both Mattis and Milley.

Trump has previously attacked Mattis as well as both of his attorneys general, Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions, along with Rex Tillerson (secretary of state), John Bolton (national security adviser), H.R. McMaster (national security adviser) John Kelly (Homeland Security secretary and White House chief of staff) and Mike Pence (vice president).

But it was his garbage stars comment that lit up Twitter:

was it jared

— darth™ (@darth) July 15, 2021

"Many say that I'm the greatest star-maker of all time. But some of the stars I produced are actually made of garbage."

— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) July 15, 2021

Richard Branson: "I went to the edge of space!"Jeff Bezos: "I'm going to actual space and have FAA approval to bring private customers there!" Trump:

— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) July 15, 2021

“Some of the stars I produced are actually garbage”. So true.

— 杨涵 Han Yang (@polijunkie_aus) July 15, 2021

The former guy confirmed today that he's made "stars" that "are actually made of garbage."

— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) July 15, 2021

I think we read this one in AP English.

— Cliff Lewis 🌍 (@CliffBLewis) July 15, 2021

I can’t stop laughing at that line.No pinocchios there!

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 15, 2021

"…some of the stars I produced are actually made of garbage". #GIGO

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 15, 2021

Actually, garbage is made of stars. Carl Sagan taught us that.

— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) July 15, 2021

Please add me to the many that agree with the last line of this statement…

— Jim Bloom (@jamesabloom) July 15, 2021

Every parent eventually gets like this with enough wine

— Justin Carter (@GigawattConduit) July 15, 2021

What a coincidence that one person keeps having the same complaints about the people he hires

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 15, 2021

just a perfectly normal statement from a former president

— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 15, 2021 Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost

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