Republicans thought Trump was taking notes at meeting — but he was brainstorming how to ‘trash’ Steve Bannon: report
Steve Bannon and Donald Trump (Composite / RawStory)

President Donald Trump reportedly impressed Republican lawmakers during a retreat at Camp David by "scribbling furious notes" during a discussion on infrastructure, according to a new book detailing the president's relationship with Capitol Hill.


The book, The Hill To Die On, was written by "Politico Playbook" authors Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer. It was reviewed by Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker.

"During a Republican retreat at Camp David last year, President Trump seemed particularly enthralled as Gary Cohn, then his chief economic adviser, delivered a briefing on infrastructure," Parker summarized. "The president impressed the assembled lawmakers with his apparent interest in the presentation, nodding along and scribbling furious notes."

Trump was not actually engaged on the question of infrastructure, according to the new book.

"Instead, Trump had scrawled 'Sloppy Steve' atop his index card, followed by 'copious notes' criticizing Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist whom he had fired several months earlier," Parker reported.

The book says "the president was writing down how he wanted to trash Steve Bannon.

Read the full report.