'Off with his head!' Trump compared to Alice in Wonderland character for compiling 'nasty list' of foreign critics
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Donald Trump tasked the U.S. State Department with monitoring negative comments made about him by foreign officials and shutting them out of government meetings, according to a former adviser.

Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council staffer focusing on Russia, revealed in her new book, "There Is Nothing For You Here," that Trump thrived on positive reinforcement and sought "payback" against anyone he thought had insulted him -- who he placed on the "nasty list," reported Newsweek.

"At times like this I felt like Alice in Wonderland watching the Queen of Hearts constantly calling 'Off with his head!' or 'Off with her head!' whenever someone displeased her," Hill wrote. "And the president was forever wanting people 'taken out.'"

Hill said the former president instructed State Department officials to "scour" the statements made by world leaders for perceived criticism "at any point in the past or present," and she was berated by a White House official in 2017 after she overlooked Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras calling Trump "evil" before they met.

"I wish I knew that before my speech," said Trump, who also learned of the criticism when Fox News reporter John Roberts asked Tsipras whether he stood by those remarks from the previous year.

A deputy press secretary later yelled at Hill, who admits she and her team "missed these comments entirely."

"After the Rose Garden episode, all U.S. embassies and the respective country offices at the State Department were directed to keep tabs on anything 'bad' a foreign official said about Trump," Hill wrote. "We had to compile this material before a visit as part of the briefing package."