Joshua Green, senior national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek, has a new book that is already raising eyebrows in Washington.
Green’s new book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency,” covers the gradual convergence of Trump’s and Bannon’s personal and political trajectories.Talking Points Memo brings us some of the uglier details of life in the West Wing.
Bannon was panicked by the thought that Paul Ryan might steal the nomination at the 2016 GOP convention
Bannon pulled out all the stops at Breitbart to undermine House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) chances of stealing the nomination from Trump at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
The possibility that Ryan might swoop in and become the party nominee “sent Bannon into a panic of his own,” according to Green. Bannon employed longtime Ryan nemesis Julia Hahn, a writer at Breitbart, to smear the House speaker’s reputation ahead of time.
According to Green, Bannon also waged his assault-by-epithet aloud in Breitbart’s Washington, D.C. headquarters: He described the House speaker as “a limp-dick motherfucker who was born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation,” a conservative think tank Bannon said was too close to the “globalist donor class.”
Trump exploded at former campaign chair Paul Manafort after deciding to demote him
After Trump decided to demote his campaign chair Paul Manafort, who drew negative attention to the campaign as reporters scrutinized his previous work for Ukrainian politicians with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump blew up at Manafort over a New York Times report that portrayed the candidate as intractable and inarticulate.
“How can anybody allow an article that says your campaign is all fucked up?” Trump shouted at Manafort, according to Green.
Trump demanded to know whether aides thought they had to make television appearances to communicate with him.
“You think you’ve gotta go on TV to talk to me?” Trump shouted. “You treat me like a baby! Am I like a baby to you? I sit there like a little baby and watch TV and you talk to me? Am I a fucking baby, Paul?”
Trump unloaded the grievances after deciding to decrease Manafort’s role and bring on Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway and Bannon, then executive chair of Breitbart, as campaign manager and campaign CEO, respectively.
Chris Christie sunk his chances with Trump in one fell swoop on election night
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made the “ultimate mistake” on election night when he offered Trump — a self-identified germophobe — use of his cell phone for President Barack Obama’s congratulatory call in case Trump won, according to an unnamed witness Green cited.
“The President talked to me earlier,” Christie told Trump, according to Green. “If you win he’s going to call my phone, and I’ll pass it over to you.”
“Hey, Chris, you know my fucking number. Just give it to the President,” Trump replied. “I don’t want your fucking phone.”