Donald Trump’s final straw with Paul Manafort occurred when his former campaign chairman “allowed” a New York Times report detailing how campaign aides were using cable TV interviews to give then-candidate Trump advice, the Daily Mail reports.
According to Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency, by Bloomberg’s Joshua Green, Trump grew irate over an article published on Aug. 13, 2016, and confronted Manafort about the report’s contents.
“How can anybody allow an article that says your campaign is all f*cked up?” Trump demanded of Manafort.
The article, titled “Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Donald Trump’s Tongue,” described an irate and volatile candidate whom aides were afraid to approach in person.
“You think you’ve gotta go on TV to talk to me?” Trump reportedly asked Manafrot, “You treat me like a baby!”
“Am I like a baby to you?” he continued. “I sit there like a little baby and watch TV and you talk to me? Am I a f*cking baby, Paul?”
The following day, an article detailing Manafort’s $12.7 million payout from a pro-Russian party in the Ukraine dropped. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly approached Manafort and demanded his resignation.
‘”I can’t do that,” Manafort told Kushner, insisting if he resigned it would make him look guilty.
“At this Kushner’s demeanour hardened and he glanced at his watch,” Green writes in Devil’s Bargain.
“We’re putting out a press release at 9am that says you’ve resigned,” Kushner replied. “That’s in 30 seconds.”
Devil’s Bargain also details the moment Trump soured on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Reportedly, on election night, Christie sat down next to Trump as it dawned on the candidate that he was going to win—even as others in the room avoided congratulating the businessman.
Trump reportedly “flashed a look of annoyance, clearly resenting the intrusion,” as Christie informed him President Barack Obama would not be calling him directly.
“Hey Donald. The President talked to me earlier,” Christie told Trump, referring to Obama. “If you win he’s going to call my phone, and I’ll pass it over to you.”
“Hey Chris, you know my f*cking phone number,” Trump—a noted germaphobe—reportedly said. “Just give it to the President. I don’t want your f*cking phone.”