Melania saved Bill Barr's job by telling Trump he was 'right out of central casting' — unlike 'mousy' Sessions
Peril, the new book from reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, revealed that it was first lady Melania Trump who reassured President Donald Trump that he didn't make a mistake in picking Bill Barr to take over the Justice Department.
According to the new book, Barr "said nice things about Bob Mueller," prompting Trump to second guess his pick.
"At the White House, First Lady Melania Trump offered a contrary opinion to the president," Woodward in Costa write.
"Are you crazy?" she asked the president. "This guy's right out of central casting. Look," she pointed to Barr, "that's an attorney general."
The book said that it was a contrast "with the mousy Sessions." The former first lady was talking about "image" and the president "put a premium on appearance. Barr, six feet and with an extraordinarily large belly, came across as the sober, knowledgeable lawyer, she said."
Sessions was ridiculed by "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert as looking like the Keebler Elf. "Saturday Night Live" depicted Sessions with actress Kate McKinnon -- which upset Trump, who was also disturbed when SNL depicted Sean Spicer using a female actress too.
According to sources close to Trump, Spicer's portrayal by a woman was "most problematic in the president's eyes," said a Feb. 2017 report.
Trump didn't want to build golf course in Africa because he feared getting mauled by lions: Woodward
Peril, the new book by reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, has revealed a slew of bizarre anecdotes about former President Donald Trump and his life post-presidency.
One detail in Peril described Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump playing golf with Gary Player, an 85-year-old South African winner of major tournaments.
Graham was hoping to persuade Trump to stay loyal to the GOP and help get more Republicans elected. Player was trying to help Trump with his swing. He was using his big club and an erratic swing. Player tried to urge more "control" and "toning it down, swinging less extravagantly."
Costa and Woodward said Graham saw it as a metaphor for Trump's entire political career, though one could argue his life.
Player suggested that he would build a golf resort in Africa, but the president made it clear he was concerned about being eaten by lions.
"What happens, Gary, when two lions look out and say, 'You know, that's a pretty thick guy. I'd like to eat him. Let's go eat him,' " Trump joked.
"Well, they've got fences and stuff," Player explained.
"You mean they can't climb over a fence?" Trump asked according to the book. "If you get in a Jeep, they won't come into the Jeep."
"How do you know they won't come into the Jeep?" Trump asked.
"I'm not betting my life on it," Graham said.
During his presidency, Trump referred to those coming from Africa as "sh*thole countries."
The newly appointed surgeon general for Florida has a history of questioning COVID-19 mitigation measures and vaccines, and even touted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the virus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
"Florida will completely reject fear," Dr. Joseph Ladapo once told reporters. "It doesn't lead to good decisions."
He also once signed a declaration that said natural infection was the best path to COVID herd immunity.
"The most compassionate approach … is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk," stated the declaration, which was slammed by the scientific community, which called it "a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence... It is not feasible to restrict uncontrolled outbreaks to particular sections of society."
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed from June, Ladapo wrote, "Some scientists have raised concerns that the safety risks of Covid-19 vaccines have been underestimated" and went on to argue that COVID vaccines could be linked to an increase in deaths in some countries. He also wrote another op-ed arguing against vaccine mandates.
"It isn't practical to punish adults who have no symptoms. … Doctors and public health officials used to understand that stopping spread is usually not practical," he wrote.
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