A new book has claimed that Trump tried to bribe a reporter in an attempt to uncover the identities of White House staffers leaking details about the Trump administration. He promised even better stories in return, according to Newsweek.
Trump craves the approval of journalists. In Team of Vipers, former White House aide Cliff Sims said that Trump didn’t care whether the media coverage was good or bad, “as long as it wasn’t indifferent.”
The book says that Trump “was always on a quest to unmask” those staffers who leaked details about his administration. While on a phone call with a prominent White House reporter who refused to reveal sources, Trump “tried to cut a deal.”
To the reporter, Trump said, “Of course, you know I could give you much better stories- so much better.” Trump was unsuccessful in his bribe.
Sim’s book also discusses Kellyanne Conway, who feared that she could lose her position because of rumors that she didn’t like Trump. Sims discovered messages on her computer where she criticizes the administration to journalists.
“Kellyanne was playing a double game—putting a foot in both worlds—telling Trump and his supporters on Fox one thing, while bad-mouthing them to the “mainstream” media in private,” Sims wrote.
“It became hard to look long at her without getting the sense that she was a cartoon villain brought to life. Her agenda—which was her survival over all others, including the president—became more and more transparent.”
The book continued, “I’m not sure the president ever fully understood that about Kellyanne. But what he clearly shared with her was a love of media attention. Unlike most human beings, Trump’s greatest fear wasn’t death or failure or loss. It was obscurity. If he was noticed, he mattered.”
Sims' book will be published on January 29.