The former Vice President of Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City told CNN Monday that he was so fearful that Donald Trump had bugged his office that he had it professionally swept for a year.
In an interview with Erin Burnett, Jack O’Donnell explained that Trump taping conversations was part of “business as usual” for the Trump Organization.
“Just before I became the president and chief operating officer of the organization, my boss at the time, Steve Hyde, came to me and said, ‘Hey, you have a lot of conversations with Donald. You’re going to be on the phone a lot. Just be aware that somebody is always going to be listening. It might be recorded and it might just be somebody else in the office listening in on the conversations. But I was very aware that your conversations were being heard by more than just Donald Trump when you spoke to him.”
When confessing to sweeping his office, he said that he “became suspicious early on when I moved into the president’s office.” So, he asked the security people to sweep his office.
“Then it did become a regular thing, like every six months I had, you know, somebody go through the office, one of our surveillance people, just to make sure,” he continued. “We weren’t doing anything wrong but, you know, the red flags went off a couple of times when I was on calls. Some, you know, with Donald, some without him.”
When he spoke of “red flags” he explained that it was a series of clicks or a bad connection of the phone. Similarly, he would have people in the office not saying anything while speaking with him. He never identifies who is on the call or listening in when speaking to people, according to O’Donnell.
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen revealed through his own attorney that there are over 150 recorded conversations with Trump.
See the full interview below:
South Carolina beachgoer demands Asian-American CNN reporter ‘get out of his country’
A CNN reporter faced intolerance over her face mask and ethnicity at beaches in the South over the weekend.
CNN's Natasha Chen said that she was interviewing the mayor of Tybee Island on Saturday when she was jeered for wearing a face covering.
"Somebody saw us and the mayor and I were both wearing masks and they yelled at us to take them off," Chen recalled on Sunday. "Somebody claimed that sunlight is the best disinfectant."
In a subsequent report, Chen revealed that she had also been harassed while working in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
"Within the past hour, there was a person who was not happy with what we were covering," Chen said. "We've been talking to people -- who have all been really nice, by the way -- talking to us about how they're social distancing, what they're seeing with the crowds on the beach, but this person didn't like it."
Priest schools Trump for assuming he wasn’t doing ‘essential work’ before
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that proclaimed that all churches were required to open as essential businesses, whether they wanted to or not. It prompted one priest to explain that he's been working the whole time in ways that ensure the safety of those who need his blessings and prayers.
Speaking to CNN Sunday, Father Edward Beck explained that opening churches for massive congregations doesn't make people more likely to practice their faith than they should have been under quarantine.
Trump economic adviser: ‘Our human capital stock is ready to get back to work’
White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett on Sunday said that workers -- who he referred to as "human capital stock" -- are "ready to get back to work" during the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash asked Hassett if unemployment could be in double digits when President Donald Trump faces re-election in November.
"Yes, I do," Hassett replied. "But I think all the signs of economic recovery are going to be raging everywhere and the only thing we're going to be really debating as economists is are we going to get back to where we were or is it going to be kind of a long haul to get there?"