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Fiona Hill was told to keep her feet out of Trump's 'sightline' the first time they met because she accidentally wore sneakers to the Oval Office: book

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  • Fiona Hill was told to keep her feet out of Trump's view because she was wearing sneakers, she said.

  • Hill, Trump's former top Russia advisor, was up with a sick kid all night and forgot her heels. 

  • Hill writes that she was "busted" by Ivanka Trump, who walked into the room in stilettos. 

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Fiona Hill, former President Donald Trump's ex-top Russia advisor, said she was told to keep her feet out of Trump's "sightline" the first time they met because she was wearing sneakers. 

Hill describes the episode in her new memoir, "There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century," and in an accompanying interview with The Daily Beast, both published on Tuesday.

Hill, a leading expert on Russian and Eastern European affairs, was tapped from the Brookings Institution to serve on the National Security Council under Trump in 2017. Hill, who grew up in a working-class family in rural Northern England, writes that she often felt self-conscious about her clothes and that they made her an outsider in elite spaces. 

On her very first day on the job, Hill, who had been up all night tending to her daughter who was sick with a stomach bug and "hadn't had a wink of sleep," forgot her bag with her work shoes at home, her book says. 

Hill expected to be in only orientations and briefings but found herself being yanked out of orientation by then-national security advisor H.R. McMaster, she writes. 

McMaster informed Hill, on her first day, that she needed to brief the president on a terrorist attack at a subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, before Trump placed a condolence call to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Hill writes that McMaster was "unperturbed" by her casual shoes, adding that for "a man who had presided over a significant tank battle in Iraq and was not contending with political firefights in the White House ... women in sneakers were the least of his problems."

But McMaster told her to "make sure, when we sat down, that my feet were out of the president's sightline, either under my chair or pressed against the Resolute Desk," Hill writes.  

In the Oval Office, Hill writes that Trump didn't even acknowledge her when she and McMaster walked into the room and had "zero interest" in her presence.

Hill's footwear likely wouldn't have gotten the president's notice if not for his daughter, then-White House advisor Ivanka Trump, who, Hill writes, "wafted into the room wearing an elaborately lacy two-piece white outfit and alarmingly high stiletto heels as if she were off to a gala."

"Ivanka sat down right beside me, immediately taking in my black sneakers, which I had failed to conceal under the chair, and flashing me a look of surprise. I was busted," Hill writes. "During a break in the afternoon, I went out to buy a pair of shoes to keep in my office at all times."

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