- President Donald Trump and former economic adviser Gary Cohn clashed repeatedly during Cohn’s time in the White House, according to bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
- In one instance, Trump refused to use a joke Cohn suggested for a speech at the Gridiron Club.
- The joke said Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border was ready for construction – “we haven’t been able to figure out how to stretch the word ‘Trump’ over 1,200 miles.”
- Trump refused to use the joke.
As a real-estate developer, President Donald Trump developed a penchant for adding the Trump name to his most prominent buildings. But as president, Trump rejected a joke poking fun at the habit that was suggested by his then-top economic adviser.
According to veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Cohn suggested a joke for a speech at the Gridiron Club in March 2018.
Cohn’s joke used Trump’s habit as an explanation for delays in building the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.
“We’ve made enormous progress on the wall,” the joke went, according to Woodward. “All the drawings are done. All the excavating’s done. All the engineering is done. The only thing we’ve been stumbling with is we haven’t been able to figure out how to stretch the word ‘Trump’ over 1,200 miles.”
Trump “wouldn’t use” the joke, Woodward said.
The joke suggestion is one of many points of tension between Cohn and Trump detailed in Woodward’s book:
- During the same meeting, Cohn and Trump clashed over the president’s desire to impose tariffs on various imports. Trump’s insistence prompted Cohn to call the president a “f—ing a——” in a “half-joking” manner.
- According to Woodward, Cohn was also shocked at Trump’s lack of economic knowledge during their first meeting.
- Trump, then president-elect, was impressed enough with the then-Goldman Sachs executive to offer Cohn the job of Treasury secretary, even as Steven Mnuchin – who had already been tapped for the role – sat in the room.
- Once in the White House, Trump and Cohn butted heads on trade policy. Woodward said Cohn stole documents off the president’s desk to prevent Trump from pulling the US out of major trade agreements. The pair also went head-to-head over the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Business Insider obtained a copy of the book, which is being published by Simon & Schuster and was released on Tuesday.
Im response to the Woodward’s explosive book, the White House has attacked the journalist and called the book “nothing more than fabricated stories.”
Here are more revelations from the book so far:
- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell privately praised CEOs that quit Trump’s business councils after the Charlottesville fiasco
- Trump hits back at bombshell Bob Woodward book, calls it ‘just another bad book’ and claims Woodward has ‘had a lot of credibility problems’
- Woodward’s book reportedly spurred Trump to look to replace Mattis – here’s who’s at the top of that list
- ‘It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit’: Explosive Bob Woodward book reportedly recounts Trump’s lawyer’s effort to keep him from interviewing with Mueller
- Trump denied calling Jeff Sessions – or anyone – ‘mentally retarded,’ but old records show he has
- Ivanka Trump and Steve Bannon reportedly clashed over proper White House protocol, and she told him ‘I’m not a staffer! … I’m the first daughter’
- Trump reportedly told Mattis that he wanted to assassinate Bashar al-Assad after his chemical weapons attack on Syrians last year
- Gary Cohn reportedly snatched documents off Trump’s desk to prevent him from wrecking 2 massive trade deals
- John Kelly was reportedly enraged with Trump over his handling of Charlottesville, said he would have taken a resignation letter ‘and shoved it up his arse 6 different times’
- Trump has reportedly said that his speech after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was the ‘biggest f—ing mistake’ he’s made
- 6 alarming passages from Bob Woodward’s book show Trump’s inability to properly lead the military
- Trump thanks Kim Jong Un for ‘unwavering faith’ with his own White House in open mutiny
- Trump reportedly went to extraordinary and unusual lengths to console grieving military families
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