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Trump boasted that his carefully timed return to the White House after being hospitalized for COVID-19 was 'like a Broadway production': book

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Former President Donald Trump leaving the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 2, 2020.
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After being treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed, Trump timed his arrival at the White House to maximize TV coverage.
"It was like a Broadway production," Trump told ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl in March 2021.
Trump thought about ripping off his dress shirt to reveal a Superman shirt underneath, but reconsidered.
Former President Donald Trump compared his dramatic return to the White House after being...
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'Get him off TV': Rep. Kevin McCarthy told Trump his daily COVID-19 briefings were backfiring: book

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President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing on the coronavirus outbreak from the White House on March 16, 2020.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy wanted Trump to stop his daily COVID-19 briefings, according to a new book.
"We've got to get him off TV," McCarthy told Republican leaders in April 2020.
The conversation comes in a new book by ABC News' Jonathan Karl.
Many people in then-President Donald Trump's orbit believed that his appearances at daily live COVID-19 press briefings last spring were chaotic and unproductive, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy wanted to "get him off TV...
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Stephanie Grisham says Hatch Act violations were a 'joke' in the Trump White House

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, second from left, listens to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on the South Lawn of the White House as they wait for President Donald Trump to arrive to speak to the media about the Congressional testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, on July 24, 2019.
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Stephanie Grisham said that Hatch Act violations were seen as a "joke" in the Trump White House.
Grisham, the former White House press secretary, said that such violations were "a badge of honor."
Grisham resigned as Melania Trump's chief of staff press...
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Kamala Harris' aides pass around an Onion article mocking the VP when they get 'annoyed' with the White House's treatment of her, report says

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U.S Vice President Kamala Harris delivers a speech during the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
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VP Harris and her allies are increasingly frustrated with her current standing, CNN reports.
Harris insiders feel the VP has been sidelined and given assignments that set her up to fail.
Supporters pass around an article from The Onion mocking VP Harris' lack of major work.
Vice President Kamala Harris' aides and supporters pass around an article from The Onion mocking the vice president when they feel "annoyed" with her current treatment by the...
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John Kelly said if Trump was a 'real man' he would've gone to the Capitol on January 6 to stop the rioters: book

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White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on October 5, 2017.
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Trump's former White House chief of staff John Kelly slammed his ex-boss as the January 6 insurrection took place.
"If he was a real man, he would go down to the Capitol and tell them to stop," Kelly told ABC News' Jonathan Karl.
Karl details their conservation in his new book, which comes out Tuesday.
John Kelly, Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff, did not...
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Trump screamed at Chris Christie during 2020 debate prep after the former governor brought up Jared Kusher and Ivanka Trump profiting off of their White House jobs: book

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with former President Donald Trump at a White House event on October 26, 2017.
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Chris Christie highlighted Trump's conflicts of interest while impersonating Biden during 2020 debate prep.
"Your family traded the influence they have in the White House to make tens of millions of dollars," he said.
"I'm not going to sit here and put up with this shit," Trump angrily declared in response. "Enough."
Former President Donald Trump blew up at Chris Christie after the former New Jersey governor and Trump ally brought up...
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Mark Meadows locked Rudy Giuliani out of the White House for disrupting Trump's debate prep with claims about Hunter Biden: book

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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a "Save America Rally" near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
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Mark Meadows blocked Rudy Giuliani from entering the White House in September 20.
The White House chief of staff thought Giuliani's focus on Hunter Biden was distracting the president.
Giuliani was locked out of the White House until he called Trump directly to request entry.
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows blocked Rudy Giuliani, then-President Donald...
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