The private life of Donald Trump in his first year as president has been revealed in a new exposé, including what he gets up to in bed.
Veteran journalist Michael Wolff, in the build up to the release of what looks like the Trump Book of the Year, Fire and Fury, has disclosed a lot of the stuff we don’t necessarily need to know, but definitely want to in a sneak excerpt.
Along with a smattering of insider scoops, Wolff revealed that the Donald, DJT, Mr President, often retires to his own bedroom – the first time since JFK’s presidency that a POTUS and FLOTUS have indulged separate rooms – locks himself in and watches three different TV screens while pigging out on cheeseburgers.
Wolff writes that Donald Trump, a lifelong phobic of being poisoned, regularly ate at McDonald’s prior to entering the political arena as ‘nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade’.
Trump, in fact, found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary. He retreated to his own bedroom — the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms.
In the first days, he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there, and a lock on the door, precipitating a brief standoff with the Secret Service, who insisted they have access to the room. He reprimanded the housekeeping staff for picking up his shirt from the floor: ‘If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor.’
Then he imposed a set of new rules: Nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.) Also, he would let housekeeping know when he wanted his sheets done, and he would strip his own bed.
If he was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls — the phone was his true contact point with the world — to a small group of friends, who charted his rising and falling levels of agitation through the evening and then compared notes with one another.
So not only that but Don maintains a teenage-level of messiness in his room that causes frequent beef with the White House cleaning staff.
The article also recounts when press mogul Rupert Murdoch hung up on Trump after a discussion about H-1B visas and called him a ‘f**king idiot’. An anecdote which almost makes me warm to Murdoch.
Wolff’s book will be available in all fine bookstores come January 9. In the meantime, you can read the full article right here, just in case you needed any more reassurance that this administration is the most holy-smokes-this-is-bad one our generation is likely to ever see. Sad!