Wednesday, 28th September 2022
<To guardian.ng
Search
Breaking News:

Flushed office papers clogged Trump White House toilet: book

By AFP
10 February 2022   |   4:13 pm
A new book on former US President Donald Trump's time in office claims that a White House toilet would jam after attempts to flush away office papers, Axios reported Thursday.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 2, 2019 US President Donald Trump hugs the US flag as he arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. – Brace yourself for Donald Trump 2.0, America. The former president emerges from political hiding on February 28, 2021, seeking to regain control of a Republican Party that is out of power and pondering whether the flawed billionaire can win again in 2024. The keynote speech, his first extended post-presidential address, will be delivered on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and he is expected to be enthusiastically received at the nation’s largest gathering of political conservatives. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

A new book on former US President Donald Trump’s time in office claims that a White House toilet would jam after attempts to flush away office papers, Axios reported Thursday.

The upcoming book “Confidence Man,” by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, says that “staff in the White House residence periodically discovered wads of printed paper clogging a toilet — and believed the president had flushed pieces of paper,” according to an exclusive preview by Axios.

Trump is already being investigated for carting off 15 boxes of White House documents to his Florida residence. The National Archives, which has jurisdiction over preserving presidential papers, says that Trump also had a habit of ripping up documents — some of which have since been taped back together.

The book, based in part on Haberman’s post-presidential interviews with Trump, reports that the Republican has told people he remains in touch with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Letters sent by Kim to Trump during his presidency — “love letters,” as Trump described them at the time — were among the documents taken to his Florida residency.

Trump issued a statement denying that he broke laws on archiving presidential documents and said he had complied “without conflict and on a very friendly basis.”

“Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” he wrote.

Haberman’s book is set to be published October 4. The veteran Times journalist has been on the Trump beat for a decade and long had unrivaled access among journalists to the property tycoon-turned-politician’s inner circle.

In this article