Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, railed against Donald Trump at a closed-door meeting of Republicans on Friday in Park City, Utah, comparing him to demagogues like Hitler and Mussolini, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed attendees at the meeting.
Whitman's comments came at Mitt Romney's annual retreat of Republican donors, leaders and business executives, and were confirmed by three attendees who heard her remarks, but declined to be identified because the meetings were private.
Whitman, according to one of the people present, did not stop at comparing Trump to the Axis leaders. She also warned the gathering that if Republicans compromise on their principles this one time to win an important election, they will be entering fraught territory.
"What happens next time?" she asked, implying it could lead to more compromises and more candidates like Trump.
Whitman, who ran for governor of California in 2010 and was Romney's 2012 finance co-chairwoman, was part of a group of major donors who mounted an effort to stop Trump during the primaries through paid advertising. A representative for Whitman did not respond Saturday to a request for an interview.
In an emailed statement, Trump dismissed Whitman's comments.
"I never met Meg Whitman, but the job she is doing at Hewlett-Packard is not a very good one," Trump said. "Based on the disastrous campaign she ran in California, and the tens of millions of dollars she wasted, I have learned a lot from her. I do not want her support."