When former President Donald Trump saw congressional staffers of color at the White House, he assumed they were waiters, according to a new book.
The new book describes a January 2017 reception the then-new president held at the White House to meet with top congressional leaders, according to Rolling Stone’s reporting on “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” by New York Times’ senior political reporter Maggie Haberman. It comes out Tuesday.
The racially diverse Democratic staffers attended the event with now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At the reception, Trump, looking for food, mistook the staffers for waitstaff and asked them to bring over the hors d’oeuvres, Rolling Stone recounted from the book.
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Trump’s White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, corrected him that the people were top congressional staffers and not White House servers.
CNN also obtained a copy of “Confidence Man,” and according to the network’s recount of the book, Trump almost fired his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who were both his senior White House aides.
The CNN report did not include the reason behind the attempted move.
The former president was stopped by his then-White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn when he almost tweeted that Ivanka Trump and Kushner were about to be fired via Twitter, according to CNN’s report of the book.