Story has it Trump dropped Christie over a cell phone
It's being widely reported that a new book claims the real reason Chris Christie was booted out of Trump's inner circle was that on election night our governor made The Donald queasy by offering him his cell phone. In 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency' it is revealed, or perhaps the better word is claimed, that on the night of the election when things were clearly going Trump's way Christie sat right next to him and said, "Hey Donald. The President talked to me earlier. If you win he's going to call my phone, and I'll pass it over to you."
This apparently infuriated the soon-to-be president. According to the DailyMail, Trump 'flashed a look of annoyance, clearly resenting the intrusion' and was repulsed by the idea of having somebody else's phone next to his face.
Trump told Christie: "Hey Chris, you know my f***ing phone number. Just give it to the President. I don't want your f***ing phone."
The back story on this is it's been long said Donald Trump is germ phobic. Could germophobia really have cost Governor Christie a cabinet position? If you recall, he was heading up Trump's transition team then was suddenly replaced within 72 hours of the win. Hmmm. Anyone can claim anything in a book. But if this is true, Christie would be a lot better off not working for such an erratic person.
Another excerpt details a tense exchange with campaign manager Paul Manafort after a NY Times article claimed aides had to use TV interviews to get messages to Trump rather than face to face meetings.
Trump shouted at Manafort, "How can anybody allow an article that says your campaign is all f***ed up?
You think you've gotta go on TV to talk to me? You treat me like a baby!
Am I like a baby to you? I sit there like a little baby and watch TV and you talk to me? Am I a f***ing baby, Paul?"
According to the book, the room fell into awkward silence.
Manafort was fired the next day, but that seemed hastened by news that he had been paid $12.7 million by a pro Russian party from Ukraine. I think I'd rather get fired for that than for offering someone a cell phone.