There have been several commentaries and plenty of speculation on the state of affairs at The White House. Just one year ago, author Michael Wolf released his book “Fire and Fury,” depicting the White House and Trump Administration in a state of utter chaos.
Now, author Cliff Sims is also sounding off in his recently published book, saying life in Trump’s White House is “absolutely out of control.” One of the most surprising things Sims highlights in his book is the relationship between Mr. Trump and then-speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and the president’s questioning Ryan on why he wasn’t more “loyal” to him.
According to The Washington Post:
‘President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He held the remote control “like a pistol” and yelled for an assistant to get the Republican leader on the phone.’
Trump berated Ryan, telling him:
‘Paul, do you know why Democrats have been kicking your a– for decades? Because they know a little word called “loyalty.” Why do you think Nancy [Pelosi] has held on this long? Have you seen her? She’s a disaster. Every time she opens her mouth another Republican gets elected. But they stick with her . . . Why can’t you be loyal to your president, Paul?’
Trump continued to torment Ryan, who had began distancing himself from the president in October of 2016 when the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” video was released. Trump said:
‘I remember being in Wisconsin and your own people were booing you. You were out there dying like a dog, Paul. Like a dog! And what’d I do? I saved your a–.’
The Post reported:
‘The browbeating of the top Republican on Capitol Hill was one of the vivid snapshots of life inside the Trump White House told by one of its original inhabitants, Cliff Sims, in his 384-page tell-all, “Team of Vipers,” which goes on sale next week and was obtained in advance by The Post. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.’
Although Sims, “who enjoyed uncommon personal access to Trump, recounts expletive-filled scenes of chaos, dysfunction and duplicity among the president,” the author presents himself as a supporter of Trump’s agenda but still writes very critically of him especially his morality.
‘in comic detail the Trump team’s first day at work, when the president sat in the residence raging about news coverage of the relatively small size of his inauguration crowds, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer scrambled to address it.’
Then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer scrambled to address the whole situation, and according to The Post:
‘Spicer had worked the team “into a frenzy,” and it fell to Sims to write the script for his first statement to the media. Nervously chewing gum, Spicer dictated “a torrent of expletives with a few salient points scattered in between.” At one point, Sims’s computer crashed and he lost the draft, so it had to be rewritten. And in their rush to satisfy the impatient president, nobody checked the facts. Spicer, he writes, was “walking into his own execution.’
‘It’s impossible to deny how absolutely out of control the White House staff — again, myself included — was at times.’
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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