Elton John yells so loudly on the Donald Trump campaign plane that staff members can not hear themselves. Press secretary Hope Hicks uses a vaporizer to press Trump's pants, while he still wears them. Trump yells to his main aides, who are subjected to tirades full of expletives in which they "tear the face".
And Trump's appetite seems to have no limits when it comes to McDonald's, with a dinner order consisting of "two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish and a malted chocolate."
The scenes are among the most surreal pbadages in a book that narrates Trump's path to the presidency co-written by Corey Lewandowski, who was fired as Trump campaign manager, and David Bossie, another principal badistant. The book "Let Trump Be Trump" paints a portrait of a campaign with an unproven candidate and staff firing from crisis to crisis, in which Lewandowski and a cast of mostly neophyte political badistants learn on the fly and finally accept the Trump's propensity to go angry message off.
"Sooner or later, everyone who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that will make him wonder why he took a job with him in the first place," the authors wrote. "His anger was never thought of as a personal offense, but sometimes it can be hard not to take it that way.The way he changes when things are not going well may seem like a total badault, it would break most men and women hardened into bits. "
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump documented the changes he made to his 757 jet in a 2011 video on his YouTube channel. (Donald Trump / YouTube)
The authors "had moments when they wanted to parachute in front of Trump Force One", but they said they had become accustomed.
Lewandowski offers a largely admired portrait of his former boss, saving the spike to tell anecdotes about Paul Manafort, the former campaign president and rival whom Lewandowski blames for his overthrow. The Post obtained an advance copy of the book, whose release is scheduled for Tuesday.
In a section of the book written by Lewandowski, Trump is described as flying in his helicopter when he learns that Manafort has said "Trump shouldn't be on TV, I should not be in the programs of the Sunday "and that Manafort should appear in its place. Trump was more angry than Lewandowski had ever seen him, ordering the pilot to lower the altitude so he could make a call to a cell phone.
"Did you say I should not be on TV on Sunday? I'll go to the television whenever I want and you will not say another word about me!" Trump shouted at Manafort, according to Lewandowski. "Do you understand? I want to upload it … You're a political professional? Let me tell you something, I'm a professional in life, I've been around once or twice, I know guys like you, with your hair and your skin. … "
Lewandowski called it" one of the greatest takedowns in the history of the world. "
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The badistant's satisfaction in the shooting did not last long, however, since "I immediately received a phone call" from Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, "telling me he was not a player of equipment and that he had thrown Paul under the bus. " Lewandowski wrote that Manafort soon arranged for him
But Manafort The days were also counted, especially after the Breitbart News executive, Stephen K. Bannon, became an advisor to the campaign and set his sights on overthrowing the campaign president.
In one of the most striking pbadages of the book, the co-authors describe a scene in which Bannon reads the first paragraphs of an upcoming st By a New York Times reporter who filed accusations that Manafort had received a payment of $ 12.7 million from a Ukrainian political party. The meeting took place in the department of Manafort in Trump Tower, where, coauthors write, an anonymous woman with a white muumuu "lounging" on the sofa.
"Does Trump know about this?" Bannon asked, according to the book. .
"What you need to know, everything is lies," replied Manafort.
The woman on the sofa "imploringly" asked: "Paul?", Answered Manafort, according to the book, "It was a long time ago, I had expenses."
The authors write that "Bannon knew what he had in his hand, it was an explosive, one-page story."
Despite his constant compliments to Trump, Lewandowski offers a window into the president's harshness over who work non-stop in his name. Lewandowski wrote about a time when he was so sick that he fell asleep on a plane, only to be awakened by Trump, saying: "Corey, if you can not stand it, we'll get someone else." He described a meeting in which Trump told another campaign officer, Brad Parscale, that "You do not have to listen to Corey anymore, he's not your boss anymore."
Lewandowski wrote that "the cut was deep, but it was only one in a thousand."
Trump he left it to his son Don Jr. to dismiss him, Lewandowski wrote.
In another episode, Lewandowski describes how the employee Sam Nunberg was deliberately left at a McDonald's because the Nunberg hamburger for special orders was taking too long. "Leave it," Trump said. "Let's move on". And they did it.
Trump's fast food diet is a topic. "In Trump Force One there were four main food groups: McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke," the authors write.
The plane's cupboards were full of Vienna fingers, French fries, pretzels and lots of Oreos packages because Trump, a renowned germaphobe, would not eat from a previously opened package.
The book notes that "Mr. Trump's orchestration and meal timing were as important as any other aspect of his march to the presidency," and describes the elaborate efforts that Lewandowski and other senior advisers went through to carefully time the delivery of hot fast food to Trump's plane when he left his rallies.
Lewandowski's description of campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who is now White House communications director, underscored the unproven nature of the campaign and its staff. He describes Hicks, a competitive athlete and former model, as "intelligent and private, with an almost photographic memory".
But, he writes, when Trump asked Hicks to accompany him on a field trip, she was working for Trump Organization as a public relations officer. Then, the authors wrote, when she was asked for the first time to be a press secretary, she responded, referring to a Trump property, "What, Doral's marketing campaign?"
"No, my presidential campaign! I'm running for president, "Trump replied, according to the book.
One of Hicks' jobs was to make sure that Trump's suits were squeezed when they flew on his plane.
"Get the machine!" Trump would scream, according to the book. "And Hope would take out the steamboat and start cooking Mr. Trump's suit while he was wearing it! He emptied the jacket first and then sat in a chair in front of him and warmed up his pants"
One day, when Hicks forgot the steamer, Trump got angry.
"Shit, Hope, how the hell could you forget the machine?"
The authors wrote: "It was a mistake she would never commit again".
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It was Hicks who, on October 7, received a call from a Washington Post reporter about an "Access Hollywood" video in which Trump boasted about how he could "catch" women "by surprise". Trump looked at a transcript and said "no". it sounds like something I would say. "Bossie, who served as the campaign's deputy director, played Trump's video on his iPad.The campaign generated the response that it was a" costume "talk.
The authors wrote that as As the panic spread among some Republicans, the party's national president, Reince Priebus, decided not to show up at a meeting in New York City. "Bannon called Priebus and asked," Where the hell are you? "
" I got off the train in Newark, "said Priebus, according to the book." I'm going to turn around. "The book notes that Priebus has said he always intended to attend the meeting.
When Bannon tried to convince him that Everything was fine, Priebus said the Republicans were abandoning the candidate. "It's horrible. . . people are falling like flies, "Priebus said, according to the book.Once he came to the meeting, Priebus said that Trump would" lose the biggest electoral slip in US history "or should abandon the race.
First of all, "Trump replied, according to the book," I'm going to win. And secondly, if the Republican Party is going to run away from me, then I'll take them all with me. But I'm not going to lose. "
Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker contributed to this report.