At the time he had private reservations about Kavanaugh, Trump was publicly fighting for his endorsement, mocking Blasey Ford’s testimony at a rally, and brushing off GOP lawmakers’ concerns about his viability as a Supreme Court candidate.
Meadows’ new book, “The Chief’s Chief,” contains several such glimpses into how the Trump presidency works, mainly as it shone a light on the 45th president. Meadow’s book, published Tuesday, defends Trump’s false claims about stolen elections, provides intimate details about Trump’s health, shoots Trump critics, and repeats Trump’s paranoia about leaks to the press, while speculating by name on who exactly it was was talking to reporters.
Sometimes it reads like a hagiography. Meadows, for example, compares Trump’s speech on his return to the White House after his Covid-related hospitalization with Walter Reed with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
“While the prose was not quite as elaborate as the Gettysburg address President Abraham Lincoln delivered after the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, it had the same condensed, haunting quality that made President Lincoln’s words so effective in their day,” writes Meadows.
But Meadow’s book also contains revelations that allegedly upset Trump. The most important ones concern Trump’s health when he battled Covid-19 in the fall of 2020. He reveals that Trump tested positive for Covid ahead of his first presidential debate with Joe Biden, potentially exposing dozens of people to infection, and that Trump’s blood oxygen levels have dropped to “dangerously low” levels while the White House has a different picture of the health of the country President signed.
Meadows admits that while Trump was trying to convey a picture of strength in private, he struggled with serious symptoms of the virus while at Walter Reed.
“It was clear that Walter Reed’s staff were prepared for a long stay – weeks, maybe longer,” Meadows writes. “I wasn’t happy to hear that, but I also knew it probably wasn’t going to happen. If the president had his way, we’d be at the door in a day or so. “
Prior to the Meadows book being published, Trump attempted to misrepresent the characterization of an excerpt saying he tested positive for the coronavirus before debating with Biden and potentially exposing dozens of people to the virus. A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
With all the praise for Trump, Meadows offers a lot of criticism of those in Trump’s environment. He describes his Chief of Staff predecessor, Mick Mulvaney, at lunch as the White House scrambled to respond to the pandemic in early March as cases soared. Mulvaney was on a golf trip in Las Vegas, writes Meadows and says that Trump made apoplectic.
“Let’s just say dissatisfied when he heard this news. I don’t know who was in the room with him when he found out, but I definitely don’t envy them, ”Meadows writes.
Meadows also says Trump was “furious” when the press leaked that he had retired to a safe bunker under the White House when violent protests broke out in Washington against the assassination of George Floyd. Meadows writes that Trump wanted to know who leaked the message and ordered him to find out who it could be.
“I could already tell from the way the story was reported that the leaker was probably not someone with first-hand knowledge of the Secret Service protocols,” Meadows wrote. “To this day, everyone has a theory about where the leak came from. If I had to bet, I’d say it was likely Stephanie Grisham, Emma Doyle, or someone on the VP’s team. ”Grisham was the first lady’s chief of staff and Doyle was then assistant chief of staff for policy for the first lady in the White House.
Throughout his book, Meadows – like his boss – pays close attention to press coverage, acknowledges positive and negative coverage, names reporters by name and discusses Trump’s famous media diet.
Meadows repeatedly slapped Fox News and its Washington editor-in-chief Bill Sammon, who he said had dismissed his requests to treat Trump more favorably (Meadows portrays this as heretical). Sammon, he writes, told him he had “not responded to the President’s Chief of Staff and that I do not care about your opinion on Fox’s program.”
Meadows was upset that Dana Perino’s show had broadcast a Biden rally instead of Trump’s and threatened to prevent White House officials from showing her show during the election.
Fox News has not returned a request for comment.
Lately, Meadows has said Trump has been pressured by supporters to run again in 2024 with a new mission from the former president – to begin preparing for a second term.
“In short,” Meadows writes, “I was given the job of finding secretaries and state secretaries who would not undercut the president. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to. “