Why Did Fiona Hill Join the Trump Administration?
Fiona Hill’s recent Foreign Affairs article is flawed, both in its failure to explain why Hill elected to serve as an aide to Trump, whom she clearly reviled, and in its recapitulation of key episodes that took place during the administration.
The real question is why Hill ever went to work for Trump when she harbored such dyspeptic views of him. Of course, Trump himself did little, if anything, to ensure that he had aides surrounding him who could execute his own vision of improved relations with Russia. Contrary to her memoir’s title, Hill does seem to think that there was something there for her in the Trump administration. But anyone looking for a clear guide to what transpired during it should look elsewhere than Hill’s account.
Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National Interest.