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‘Who’s that?’ Trump had no idea who John Boehner was after winning the election: report

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An explosive report from New York Magazine revealed Wednesday that when President Donald Trump was elected he didn’t know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.

In a conversation with Roger Ailes, the former Fox News Chief suggested that Trump look at former Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as his chief of staff. Boehner had stepped down from Congress the year previously.

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“You need a son of a b*tch as your chief of staff,” he told Trump. “And you need a son of a b*tch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a b*tch, but you don’t know Washington.”

When Ailes suggested Boehner, Trump reportedly asked “Who’s that?”

Trump had no interest in appointing a strong person to be the chief of staff, New York Magazine reported. He first considered son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ann Coulter had to be the one to take Trump aside and explain to him what the rules were.

“Nobody is apparently telling you this,” she said. “But you can’t. You just can’t hire your children.”

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Trump did it anyway and the Justice Department developed a ruling on whether nepotism laws applied to Trump.

He also reportedly had a hard time paying attention when Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate. Trump’s response made it sound like he was an elementary school civics class. The lack of information prompted Ailes to view Trump as a “f*cking idiot.”

Trump ultimately decided on Reince Priebus for his chief of staff, but the former Republican National Party chair was warned what it would be like working for “the Donald.”

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“Here’s the deal,” a close Trump associate cautioned Priebus. “In an hour meeting with him, you’re going to hear 54 minutes of stories, and they’re going to be the same stories over and over again. So you have to have one point to make, and you pepper it in whenever you can.”

Priebus was quickly undercut with the appointment of senior aide Steve Bannon, who Trump put on the same level.

New York Magazine also painted an alarming portrait of what election night looked like for the Trump family.

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Here’s why Trump is right — a recession would likely doom his re-election

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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