HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » "Fuck the law. I don't gi...

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:45 AM

"Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money"

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, reveals how Trump’s bungled presidential transition set the template for his time in the White House

“Chris Christie noticed a piece in the New York Times – that’s how it all started. The New Jersey governor had dropped out of the presidential race in February 2016 and thrown what support he had behind Donald Trump. In late April, he saw the article. It described meetings between representatives of the remaining candidates still in the race – Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – and the Obama White House. Anyone who still had any kind of shot at becoming president of the United States apparently needed to start preparing to run the federal government. The guy Trump sent to the meeting was, in Christie’s estimation, comically underqualified. Christie called up Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to ask why this critical job had not been handed to someone who actually knew something about government. “We don’t have anyone,” said Lewandowski.

Christie volunteered himself for the job: head of the Donald Trump presidential transition team. “It’s the next best thing to being president,” he told friends. “You get to plan the presidency.” He went to see Trump about it. Trump said he didn’t want a presidential transition team. Why did anyone need to plan anything before he actually became president? It’s legally required, said Christie. Trump asked where the money was going to come from to pay for the transition team. Christie explained that Trump could either pay for it himself or take it out of campaign funds. Trump didn’t want to pay for it himself. He didn’t want to take it out of campaign funds, either, but he agreed, grudgingly, that Christie should go ahead and raise a separate fund to pay for his transition team. “But not too much!” he said….cont…

Christie viewed Kushner as one of those people who thinks that, because he is rich, he must also be smart. Still, he had a certain cunning about him. And Christie soon found himself reporting everything he did to prepare for a Trump administration to an “executive committee”. The committee consisted of Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Manafort, Steve Mnuchin and Jeff Sessions. “I’m kind of like the church elder who double-counts the collection plate every Sunday for the pastor,” said Sessions, who appeared uncomfortable with the entire situation. The elder’s job became more complicated in July 2016, when Trump was formally named the Republican nominee. The transition team now moved into an office in downtown Washington DC, and went looking for people to occupy the top 500 jobs in the federal government. They needed to fill all the cabinet positions, of course, but also a whole bunch of others that no one in the Trump campaign even knew existed. It is not obvious how you find the next secretary of state, much less the next secretary of transportation – never mind who should sit on the board of trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.”…cont..

“The first time Trump paid attention to any of this was when he read about it in the newspaper. The story revealed that Trump’s very own transition team had raised several million dollars to pay the staff. The moment he saw it, Trump called Steve Bannon, the chief executive of his campaign, from his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, and told him to come immediately to his residence, many floors above. Bannon stepped off the elevator to find Christie seated on a sofa, being hollered at. Trump was apoplectic, yelling: You’re stealing my money! You’re stealing my fucking money! What the fuck is this?”…cont…

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/sep/27/this-guy-doesnt-know-anything-the-inside-story-of-trumps-shambolic-transition-team

15 replies, 1594 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 15 replies Author Time Post
Reply "Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money" (Original post)
Me. Sep 2018 OP
Me. Sep 2018 #1
Zoonart Sep 2018 #2
Me. Sep 2018 #3
Zoonart Sep 2018 #4
Me. Sep 2018 #5
FSogol Sep 2018 #6
Zoonart Sep 2018 #7
Me. Sep 2018 #10
Cracklin Charlie Sep 2018 #8
Orsino Sep 2018 #9
Me. Sep 2018 #11
betsuni Sep 2018 #12
BSdetect Sep 2018 #13
muriel_volestrangler Sep 2018 #14
Me. Sep 2018 #15

Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:49 AM

1. More

“Seeing Bannon, Trump turned on him and screamed: Why are you letting him steal my fucking money? Bannon and Christie together set out to explain to Trump federal law. Months before the election, the law said, the nominees of the two major parties were expected to prepare to take control of the government. The government supplied them with office space in downtown DC, along with computers and rubbish bins and so on, but the campaigns paid their people. To which Trump replied: Fuck the law. I don’t give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money. Bannon and Christie tried to explain that Trump couldn’t have both his money and a transition.

Shut it down, said Trump. Shut down the transition.”

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:49 AM

2. Linkie?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink



Response to Me. (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:52 AM

4. Thanks!

and thanks for posting this.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:58 AM

5. Welcome

This is a fascinating read...

"Before any of the calls could be made, however, the president of Egypt called in to the switchboard at Trump Tower and somehow got the operator to put him straight through to Trump. “Trump was like ... I love the Bangles! You know that song Walk Like an Egyptian?” recalled one of his advisers on the scene"

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:59 AM

6. K & R. n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 11:04 AM

7. This paragraph...

So Mother was not down with this huh?

Chris Christie was sitting on a sofa beside Trump when Pennsylvania was finally called. It was 1.35am, but that wasn’t the only reason the feeling in the room was odd. Mike Pence went to kiss his wife, Karen, and she turned away from him. “You got what you wanted, Mike,” she said. “Now leave me alone.” She wouldn’t so much as say hello to Trump. Trump himself just stared at the TV without saying anything, like a man with a pair of twos whose bluff has been called. His campaign hadn’t even bothered to prepare an acceptance speech.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Zoonart (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 12:08 PM

10. So Telling

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 11:14 AM

8. Good grief.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 11:18 AM

9. The campaign was just one more slush fund to him.

It was going to be his ticket out of debt to the oligarchs, maybe, or would just keep his fake businesses afloat for a few more years.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Orsino (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 02:44 PM

11. Still Is

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 03:00 PM

12. K&R

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 04:02 PM

13. He really sounds as bad as Hitler.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Me. (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 07:50 PM

14. What a farce. "I love the Bangles! You know that song Walk Like an Egyptian?"

It's impossible to read that and not see Alec Baldwin doing it. That was the first communication of the "president-elect" to a foreign leader?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 08:11 PM

15. I Wonder...If They Had A Video Communication

would he have done the dance?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread