'You're blowing this': New book reveals Melania Trump criticized her husband's handling of Covid
September 14, 2022 at 21:03
CNN —Former President Donald Trump’s top general feared he would authorize a strike on Iran as his presidency ended.
Chris Christie, who maintained ties to the White House despite occasional criticism of Trump, Melania Trump sought help convincing her husband to take the pandemic more seriously.
‘Forget it.’ “The razor’s-edge instability clouding Trump’s four-year tenure in the White House led many of his senior-most advisers to worry about the fate of the country.
The volatility is laid bare in new detail in “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.” The reporting for the book included two interviews with the former President at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The revelations could also foretell the presidency Trump might oversee should he return to the White House in 2025.
But, as Trump told Baker and Glasser, he won’t invite former Vice President Mike Pence to join his ticket after Pence refused to interfere in the certification of the 2020 election.
One administration official told Trump before the 2020 election that if he lost, he should strike Iran’s nuclear program, the authors report.
And a months-long fixation with purchasing Greenland from Denmark went far deeper than previously disclosed, inspired in the early days of Trump’s presidency by a wealthy friend from New York, the cosmetics heir Ron Lauder.
It’s not that different,” Trump told the reporters for their book.
Lauder proposed to Trump’s then-national security adviser John Bolton that he act as a “back channel” to the Danish government.
Trump called the Danish leader “nasty” for rejecting his idea and canceled a trip to Copenhagen.
“The President asked Abe over dinner to nominate him,” a senior Trump national security official says in the book.