Book: Trump Would Routinely Derail WH Meetings To Ask Questions About Badgers
A new book offering yet another behind-the-scenes look into the White House claims that President Donald Trump had a fascination with badgers and routinely asked then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus questions about the little critters — even to the point of derailing key policy discussions and briefings.
The book, “Sinking in the Swamp” by Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, reports that Trump took to grilling Priebus on badger trivia because he grew up in Wisconsin, aka the “Badger State.”
Trump distract Priebus with such questions even during discussions concerning "matters of healthcare initiatives, foreign policy, or Republican legislative agenda," Markay and Suebsaeng wrote.
"Are they mean to people...Or are they friendly creatures?" the president reportedly asked, as well as “how the nocturnal animals ‘work’ and whether they had a ‘personality’ or were boring.” Trump also wanted to see pictures of the mammals.
Other information Trump demanded included "how the critters function and behave, what kind of food they like, and how aggressive or deadly they could be when presented with perceived existential threats."
Markay and Suebsaeng described Trump as “obviously enthralled” as he “would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers, all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage."
The book was published earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported.