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Trump Early on Election Night: “What a Waste of Time and Money”

President Trump initially thought he was going to lose to Hillary Clinton on election night and bemoaned the waste of resources expended to become president, according to “Let Trump be Trump,” a new book by former Trump campaign aides David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski.

From a Politico article about the book:

“What a waste of time and money,” they say Trump said on election night when it looked like it he was going to lose, before greeting his sudden turnaround with, “Dave, can you believe this? We just started this to have some fun.”

In an interview with Politico, Bossie and Lewandowski refused to say whether Trump would remain in the Republican Party or whether he would stay committed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCoennell or House Speaker Paul Ryan, noting that Trump has had to fight the GOP establishment as well as Democrats.

The book describes how in August 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort was first demoted when a report appeared saying he had received a multimillion dollar payment from Ukraine and then, a few days later, fired.

From an excerpt from the book in Politico:

“I’ve got a crook running my campaign,” Trump said when he read it.

Trump told Bannon to fire Manafort right away. Steve argued that firing his campaign chairman would cause a shitstorm of bad press. Instead, he argued that Trump should take away his authority and give him a new title, which is what happened. When the campaign announced the new team, Bannon had the title of campaign CEO, Kellyanne Conway was the campaign manager and Manafort remained the title of campaign chairman.

The kill shot for Paul came on Thursday August 18, when Trump was about to go onstage at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. A friend showed him a printout of an AP story written by Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day. Based on emails that the AP had obtained, the story described Manafort running “a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government.” It also said that Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, had “never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.”

“Tell Jared to fire him,” Trump said.

The next morning at a breakfast meeting in Trump Tower, Jared asked Manafort to resign. At first, Paul balked. He was worried about the perception of being forced out of the campaign right after the Ukraine stories broke.

“It will make me look guilty,” he said.

Jared told him there wasn’t much that could be done. A press release was going out in 60 seconds.

The Politico article says Trump derided his current communications director, Hope Hicks, during the transition:

Among the moments served up as classic inside dish is a phone conversation between Lewandowski and Trump during the transition noting how bare bones their initial operation was, when the former campaign manager brings up now-White House communications director Hope Hicks, at the time a 28-year-old political novice:

Trump: “She had about as much experience as a coffee cup.”

Lewandowski: “But she’s good looking.”

Trump: “That always helps.”

Hicks didn’t respond to an email asking how she felt about this being in the book, or another scene in which candidate Trump is described as hearing an argument between Hicks and aide A.J. Delgado on the campaign plane and lowering his newspaper just long enough to yell “Cat fight!”

Breitbart also has an excerpt from the book here.

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5 Responses to Trump Early on Election Night: “What a Waste of Time and Money”

  1. I believe it. He didn’t think he would win the election.
    Why would he when all the polls, all the MSM, all the Dems were sure that Hillary was a shoo-in and would win every state but two or three.
    There’s no evidence or testimony that any plans were in effect for a transition team, no candidates for the Cabinet were on board, and he doubted the massive crowds were supporting him as a serious candidate, but rather as a traveling famous entertainer.
    The voters knew his name, knew his back story, knew a lot about him, but came out in droves to hear him speak. They came because he said what they had been saying among themselves for years and they were going to support this billionaire odd duck, no matter what.
    For me: It was the rally in Scranton, PA that assured me he was going to win PA and if he could do that, he had a good chance of winning the whole thing. Why Scranton?- in the middle of the state, mostly rural, small town people, but 25,000 of them rode for miles, hours before the rally so they would be sure to get admittance to listen to him, to cheer USA USA.

    For the rest, what better testimony for MrTrump’s innocence concerning any RussiaRussiaRussia connections than the incident with Manafort.

  2. I will wait to see what President Trump says before believing these stories. They don’t sound right to me. Hope Hicks has worked directly for Donald Trump since 2014, and served as his campaign press secretary from the very beginning in 2015. Wikipedia has an anecdotal story about that which conflicts, I think, with Bossie & Lewandowski’s claim about a post-election transition conversation. The man who positioned her to lead communication for his campaign when she was 26 would not have said “she has about as much experience as a coffee cup” two years later when at 28 she had performed the role for 2 years.

  3. Here’s the Wikipedia excerpt: “In October 2014 she began working directly for Donald Trump. …. In January 2015, Donald Trump earmarked Hicks, who was 26 years old at the time, for the role of press secretary for his potential presidential campaign.[23][24] Donald Trump summoned her to his office and, as she tells it, “Mr. Trump looked at me and said, ‘I’m thinking about running for president, and you’re going to be my press secretary.'”[21] Until that time, she had never worked in politics, nor volunteered on a campaign.[25] After Trump’s first primary victories, Hicks was asked to choose between staying with the Trump Organization or working on the campaign full-time. She initially decided to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain and she stayed on as press secretary.

    “During the campaign, she played the role of gatekeeper to press members who wanted to speak with Trump, handling over 250 requests a day, and deciding which reporters would be allowed to speak with him.[15][25] Hicks also took dictation from Trump for his tweets, and then sent the text to another person in the Trump organization who actually sent out the tweets from Trump’s official account.[21][26] When in New York City, she would spend most of her day sitting in Trump’s office, handling inquiries from the press and taking dictation from him to tweet.[27] The demands of the campaign took a personal toll, as they caused a breakup between Hicks and her boyfriend of six years.[15]

    “On December 22, 2016, it was announced that Hicks would become part of the Trump Administration, in the newly created position of the White House Director of Strategic Communications. In January 2017, Hicks was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, having “served as a one-woman press team for Trump’s historic presidential campaign.”[6]”

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