Author Michael Bender Says Trump Threatened Him Over Alleged Hitler Convo

Former President Donald Trump threatened to sue over the new book detailing his alleged praise for Adolf Hitler … according to the author, Michael Bender, who says he was summoned to Mar-a-Lago for a one-on-one.

Bender joined us Tuesday on “TMZ Live” to discuss, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost” — and he told us how Trump tried at first to gently spin the content of his book … before taking a more hardcore approach.

The WSJ reporter says Trump twice invited him to Mar-a-Lago after leaving office … and while the ex-Prez was gracious with his time, Michael says there was also threatening language involved.

As we reported … Bender’s book claims Trump was visiting Europe in 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, when at some point during the trip Trump turned to his then-Chief of Staff, Gen. John F. Kelly and allegedly said, “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things.” Kelly allegedly pushed back.

Bender claims Trump’s response to the alleged Hitler conversation was to call it defamatory during their face-to-face meeting … which he took as signaling a potential lawsuit if it ended up in the book.

Of course, he did include it … and told us why he was supremely confident, despite the threat.

Michael also shares his read on Trump potentially running for president again in 2024 … he says his book makes it clear what Trump is like as a president and candidate, and he thinks the GOP has a tough choice coming up.

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