A picture of bad blood between former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is vividly portrayed in a newly published book.
risk, By Washington Post Reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa describe Senate aides mocking Mr Trump in the cloakroom after their former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “f******* fool”.
“‘Do you know why Tillerson was able to say he didn’t call the president a ‘foolish’?’ McConnell would dryly ask colleagues in his Kentucky draw. ‘Because he called him a af****** fool!'” said an excerpt from the book released Monday msnbc.
raw story There are reports that relations between the two men have not improved since Mr Trump left office, as the former president has waged a personal vendetta against Mr McConnell and reportedly asked the Republicans to vote for McConnell from the Republican leadership. trying to persuade.
More details about the exchange between Mr Trump and the former vice president, as Mr Trump pressured Mike Pence to reverse the election on 6 January, also surfaced in the new book.
risk, Which is an examination of the end of the Trump presidency and the subsequent transition to power, reports that Mr Pence has made his position clear, confirming that he has no authority to do anything other than count electoral votes. Is.
The excerpt reads: “Well, what if these people say you do?” Mr Trump asked, pointing to the crowd outside the White House, as loud cheers and bull horns could be heard through the windows of the Oval Office. “If these people say you have power, wouldn’t you?” Mr Trump asked.
“I don’t want any one person to have that right,” Mr. Pence said.
“But wouldn’t it be almost nice to have that power?” Mr Trump asked.
“No,” said Mr. Pence. “Look, I read this and I can’t see a way to do it. We’ve exhausted every option. I’ve done everything I could and then some to find a way around it.” . It’s simply not possible. I don’t have an explanation.”
Mr. Woodward, who co-authored the book, explained on MSNBC: “Indeed, the legitimacy of the presidency was at stake because if Pence were to waver at all and stand in the Senate and the House and say, “I don’t decide.” Can, I’m going home, “We would have a constitutional crisis like we’ve never seen before in this country.”
He continued: “But Pence stuck to the law and the Constitution, but it wasn’t a straight path. And the reporting that Bob Costa and I did shows very clearly that Pence was looking – a way for Trump to adjust.” were looking for.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Rex Tillerson