‘We’ll all be dead by June!’: Jared Kushner screamed at a health official after hearing about delayed mask shipments, according to new book

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Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner.

  • Kushner reportedly grew so frustrated at news over mask shipments last year that he threw his pen at the wall.
  • “You f—ing moron,” Kushner reportedly yelled at a health official. “We’ll all be dead by June!”
  • The scene was detailed in a forthcoming book by two Washington Post reporters.
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Jared Kushner lashed out at a public health official when he learned in late March 2020 that millions of masks wouldn’t arrive in the US until June, according to an excerpt of a forthcoming book reported by The Washington Post on Monday.

“You f—ing moron,” Kushner reportedly yelled at then-assistant secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, Robert Kadlec, who purchased 600 million masks as coronavirus infections had spiked across the country. “We’ll all be dead by June!”

The scene was revealed in the new book, “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History,” by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta.

Kushner grew so frustrated that he threw his pen at the wall, the book reports. At the time, he had taken on greater responsibilities as senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, playing an influential role in the White House’s COVID-19 response.

The book details many more chaotic moments of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, including another time when a Trump aide blew up at Kadlec.

“I’m going to fire your a– if you can’t fix this!” then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, upset at the administration’s rollout of the new antiviral treatment remdesivir, reportedly shouted at Kadlec in a phone call.

The Washington Post reporters write that the handling of the pandemic had turned the Trump administration into “a toxic environment in which no matter where you turned, someone was ready to rip your head off or threatening to fire you.”

The book also reported an instance in February last year when Trump questioned whether COVID-19 patients in the US could be sent to Guantánamo Bay.

“Don’t we have an island that we own? What about Guantánamo?” Trump reportedly asked officials assembled in the Situation Room, who were shocked at the idea and dismissed it.

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Biden says the Delta variant – set to become the US’s dominant strain – is ‘particularly dangerous for young people’

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

President Joe Biden warned Friday that Delta, a coronavirus variant first discovered in India, poses an increased threat to unvaccinated Americans.

“It is a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier, and particularly dangerous for young people,” Biden said at a White House news conference.

His remarks came just hours after Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told “Good Morning America” that Delta would likely become the dominant strain in the US in the coming months. (Some experts have even suggested that might even happen within weeks.)

Delta represents just 10% of US COVID-19 cases so far, but it already makes up around 90% of cases in the UK, according to a study from Imperial College London that’s still awaiting peer review. The researchers also found that COVID-19 cases in the UK are doubling every 11 days, most likely as a result of the fast-spreading variant.

Research from Public Health England suggests that Delta is associated with a 60% increased risk of household coronavirus transmission compared to Alpha – the variant discovered in the UK. Alpha is already around 50% more transmissible than the original coronavirus strain, according to the CDC.

Young people may be particularly susceptible to a Delta infection for two reasons: They’re more likely to be socially active and less likely to be vaccinated than older adults.

In the US, fewer adults under 50 have gotten vaccinated than adults ages 50 and older. The Imperial College London researchers also found that coronavirus infections in the UK are two-and-a-half times more prevalent among people ages 5 to 49 than among those ages 50 and older. Most young people who recently got infected were unvaccinated, according to the study.

Experts increasingly worry that young people will be less protected against severe disease caused by a Delta infection: Researchers in Scotland found that getting infected with Delta doubles the risk of hospital admission relative to Alpha.

Emerging research also suggests that a single vaccine dose doesn’t hold up as well against Delta compared to other coronavirus strains. Recent Public Health England analyses found that two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine were 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from Delta cases, while a single shot was just 33% effective by the same standard.

“Please, please if you have one shot, get the second shot as soon as you can,” Biden said on Friday.

So far, less than 45% of Americans are fully vaccinated, while 53% have received at least one dose. US vaccination rates have also fallen dramatically in the last two months, from a weekly average of nearly 3.4 million doses per day in mid-April to fewer than 780,000 doses per day on Thursday.

The more vaccination rates continue to drop, the more opportunities there are for Delta to spread – and therefore keep replicating and mutating.

“The worst-case scenario is if Delta mutates into something completely different, a completely different animal, and then our current vaccines are even less effective or ineffective,” Vivek Cherian, an internal medicine physician in Baltimore, recently told Insider.

Still, Biden said the US likely wouldn’t return to lockdowns because so many people have been vaccinated already.

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Biden got down on one knee to welcome the 94-year-old ‘grandmother’ of Juneteenth to the White House

Opal Lee (2nd L), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, US Vice President Kamala Harris look on as US President Joe Biden gives a pen to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (L) after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.
Opal Lee (2nd L), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, US Vice President Kamala Harris look on as US President Joe Biden gives a pen to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (L) after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

  • President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to Opal Lee, a 94-year-old Texas activist.
  • In 2016, Lee marched 1,400 miles from Fort Worth, Texas, to DC to advocate for making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
  • Biden officially made Juneteenth a national holiday, signing the bill into law with Lee by his side.
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President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to a central figure in the campaign to make Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery, a national holiday – a goal that became law on Thursday.

Biden got down on one knee to greet Opal Lee, the 94-year-old Juneteenth advocate and former educator from Texas, at the presidential signing ceremony as Vice President Kamala Harris introduced her.

Growing up in Marshall and Fort Worth, Lee celebrated Juneteenth every year. On Juneteenth in 1939, when she was 12, a white mob raided and burned her family’s home. In 2016, Lee walked 1,400 miles from her home in Fort Worth, Texas, to Washington, DC, in an effort to raise awareness and support for making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

During his speech before the signing, Biden asked the audience to give Lee, who was seated in the front row, a standing ovation.

“We’re blessed to mark the day in the presence of Ms. Opal Lee – as my mother would say, God, love her,” Biden said. “Over the course of decades, she’s made it her mission to see that this day came.”

The president joked that Lee was just 49 years old.

“You are an incredible woman,” he added.

Biden gave Lee the first pen he used to sign the bill into law.

“I’ve got so many different feelings all gurgling up here, I don’t know what to call them all,” Lee told reporters after Congress passed the bill on Wednesday. “I’m so delighted to know that, finally, we’ve got a Juneteenth bill passed.”

Juneteenth, often referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, celebrates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that enslaved African Americans were emancipated in the last Confederate territory.

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Democrats are weighing moving immigration reform to help finance Biden’s infrastructure plans without GOP support

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Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a hearing, with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on the Covid-19 response, on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2021.

  • Tim Kaine said Democrats could potentially include immigration reform provisions to pay for infrastructure.
  • “That could be a very legitimate way to look at trying to find a balanced package,” he said.
  • Some immigration provisions, however, could run into trouble given strict rules governing reconciliation.
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Democrats are weighing tucking immigration reform into a large infrastructure package using reconciliation this summer, a step that could significantly expand the scope of a Democratic-only package.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said that Democrats were interested in fully financing Biden’s $4 trillion infrastructure plans instead of deficit-spending, meaning the cost of the plan is added onto the national debt.

“Anytime there’s been a CBO examination on immigration reform, it produces a significant increase in the GDP without really costing much money,” he told Insider, referring to budgetary analyses produced by the Congressional Budget Office.

He went on: “So that may not be a traditional pay-for but if we feel like there’s something we could do within a reconciliation vehicle that could produce significant economic growth.. that could be a very legitimate way to look at trying to find a balanced package.”

Reconciliation is a legislative tactic that requires only a simple majority for bills related to government spending. It’s the same method Democrats used to muscle through the $1.9 trillion stimulus law in March.

Earlier this year, House Democrats passed two measures to set up a legal path to citizenship for farm workers and young immigrants brought to the US as children illegally. Neither has cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate, as it doesn’t have the 10 Republican votes needed to cross the 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Progressive Democrats in the House, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, back a party-line approach to immigration reform, Roll Call reported.

Kaine also told reporters that “big picture” immigration ideas were discussed among the Senate Democrats attending a major infrastructure strategy meeting late on Wednesday.

Experts say some immigration provisions could run into trouble with reconciliation’s main arbiter because not all would be directly related to the federal budget – a key rule of the process.

“Immigration reform, like the 2013 Gang of Eight bill for example, definitely has a CBO score,” Zach Moller, a budget expert at the liberal-leaning organization Third Way, told Insider. “But not all provisions will have a budget score and those that have savings or costs may run into issues if the parliamentarian rules the effects are ‘merely incidental’ to the underlying policy.”

Moller pointed to the 2013 immigration reform plan which CBO projected would have saved $175 billion over a decade. Those negotiations ultimately collapsed due to conservative attacks.

For now, Democrats are taking a two-pronged approach to the infrastructure discussions. They are still negotiating with Republicans on a skinny bill while setting the stage to approve a massive package without GOP support in several months.

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The White House is giving bipartisan infrastructure negotiations until the end of June even as progressive opposition swells

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

  • The White House is giving bipartisan economic talks until the end of June for a deal to pan out.
  • Biden could potentially shift course and embrace a Democratic-only plan after that.
  • An emerging bipartisan framework is struggling to draw substantial Democratic support.
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White House officials are indicating to congressional Democrats that they’re giving bipartisan infrastructure negotiations until the end of June before potentially shoving Republicans aside and moving ahead with a Democratic-only plan.

It’s a fresh sign that the Biden administration’s patience is starting to wear thin at the slow pace of economic talks with the GOP. More than two months of back-and-forth discussions haven’t yielded a major breakthrough.

“They’re giving it a week or 10 days more and that’s about it,” House Budget chair John Yarmuth told reporters on Tuesday. “Then we move along with with reconciliation – for everything.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reconciliation, the legislative tactic that only requires a simple majority to pass certain bills, is increasingly favored by progressive Democrats, who want to combine President Joe Biden’s two-part plan into a massive $4 trillion bill and muscle it through both the House and Senate with only Democratic votes.

Many on the left fear Biden’s social spending proposals – such as paid family leave and universal pre-K – would not draw strong support from Democratic centrists in the Senate, and derail that part of the plan. But Biden is pursuing a deal and the White House is giving additional time for an agreement to be struck.

A bipartisan group encompassing 10 lawmakers from both parties is still drafting a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan, though key details remain unclear. It includes Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine.

The Democratic side comprises Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Jon Tester of Montana.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has come out in opposition to the emerging framework, saying its sources of revenue were not progressive enough. The group is eyeing indexing the gas tax to inflation, which may increase gas prices for average people, and repurposing stimulus funds from states.

“I wouldn’t vote for it,” Sanders told reporters on Monday. “The bottom line is there are a lot of needs facing this country. Now is the time to address those needs, and it has to be paid for in a progressive way, given the fact that we have massive income and wealth inequality in America.”

Other Democrats such as Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Jeff Merkley of Oregon are coming out against a plan that doesn’t contain aggressive measures to combat climate change.

“Put me down as skeptical of these theories that somehow you get everything you want, and somehow the priorities I have might be addressed down the road,” Wyden said Wednesday. Every lost Democratic vote means an additional Republican would be needed for the plan to clear the chamber – with a bare minimum of 10 GOP votes

Others are reserving judgment until more details emerge. “I got to look at it first,” Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Insider.

“I want to see it, how are the Republicans gonna pay for it?” Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, chair of the Banking Committee, told Insider. “I’ll see it, I don’t know yet.”

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely claims Trump will be ‘our real president’ in 6 months

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Mike Lindell continues to push the conspiracy theory that Trump will be reinstated as president.
  • In a new interview with the Rolling Stone, he said Trump will be president in six months.
  • He initially said that Trump will take back the White House in August.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a new interview pushed back the date for when he believes former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president.

“Six months from now, Trump will be our real president and our country will be heading toward its greatest rebirth in history,” Lindell told the Rolling Stone in a report published Monday.

The comments come after Lindell promoted a conspiracy theory that the Supreme Court will put Trump back in the White House by August. By then, Lindell previously said, he will have obtained evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election to present to the nation’s highest court, which will delegitimize President Joe Biden’s win.

Now, it appears Lindell needs until December to do so.

Lindell told the Rolling Stone that the total amount of voter fraud will be confirmed once all 50 states carry out election audits, similar to the current GOP-led audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where Biden won.

Lindell first spread the conspiracy theory, which has gained traction in far-right circles, on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast in March.

“What I’m talking about, Steve, is what I have been doing since January 9. All of the evidence I have, everything that is going to go before the Supreme Court, and the election of 2020 is going bye-bye,” Lindell said at the time.

To be clear, the conspiracy theory has no constitutional basis, as Insider has previously reported. The Supreme Court is not able to overturn a presidential election. The only way to remove a sitting president is through impeachment. And in any case, the vice president would then take over.

It’s been more than seven months since the 2020 race and there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Federal, state, and local election officials have repeatedly pushed back on the false claims spread by Trump and his allies. The Trump campaign filed and lost dozens of lawsuits in an attempt to challenge the results.

Lindell, however, still contends that the race was stolen from Trump, specifically by 20 million votes, he told The Rolling Stone. The MyPillow founder is currently being sued for $1.3 billion by the voting-technology company Dominion for repeatedly asserting the company rigged the election.

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Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his records were subpoenaed by DOJ in 2018: NYT

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Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016.

  • Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT.
  • The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump.
  • According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI agents were seeking, nor is it clear if McGahn was the subject of their focus.
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The former White House counsel Don McGahn and his wife were reportedly among those targeted by the Justice Department with a subpoena for their account records in February 2018, while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The New York Times first reported on Sunday that McGahn was informed that data from an Apple account was sought by the DOJ, but he reportedly wasn’t told what was shared with the department. The government reportedly prevented Apple from informing McGahn about the subpoena at the time, according to the Times report.

The pursuit was under a nondisclosure order until May, which would reveal that the DOJ went to a judge on several occasions to keep the subpoena under wraps during the Trump presidency.

“The disclosure that agents secretly collected data of a sitting White House counsel is striking as it comes amid a political backlash to revelations about Trump-era seizures of data of reporters and Democrats in Congress for leak investigations,” according to The Times.

It is unclear what FBI agents were seeking, nor is it clear if McGahn was the subject of their focus.

According to The Times, agents “sometimes compile a large list of phone numbers and email addresses that were in contact with a subject, and seek to identify all those people by using subpoenas to communications companies for any account information like names, computer addresses and credit card numbers associated with them” when conducting investigations.

Apple reportedly told the McGahns that it received the subpoena on Feburary 23, 2018, according to an individual familar with the matter.

The subpoena was issued by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, according to The Times.

The Justice Department appears to have obtained information on McGahn and his wife during the same month that the DOJ subpoenaed Apple to gain access to the personal information of individuals associated with the House Intelligence Committee, including for two of its Democratic members.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a longtime political adversary of Trump who was one of the subpoena targets, on Friday called for a thorough review of his separate matter.

“We need a full accounting of the Trump DOJ’s abuse of power targeting Congress and the press,” he tweeted.

McGahn served as White House counsel for nearly two years, from January 2017 until his resignation in October 2018. He was a key witness in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Trump obstructed justice in the FBI’s Russia investigation.

This story has been updated.

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French President Emmanuel Macron says ‘America is back’ after Biden’s first few months in office

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks in Brussels on October 2, 2020.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said “America is back” now that President Joe Biden is in office.
  • “It’s great to have a US president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate,” Macron said at the G7 Summit.
  • Macron’s remarks mark a stark contrast from when President Donald Trump was in office.
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday signaled his confidence in the United States as an ally with President Joe Biden at the nation’s head.

When asked by reporters whether he thinks “America is back,” Biden gestured to Macron to answer the question.

“Yes, definitely,” Macron said at the G7 Summit.

“It’s great to have a US president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate,” Macron said. “What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership.”

Biden, adding on, indicated his agreement.

“The United States, I’ve said before, we’re back,” the US president said. “Things are going, I think, well, and we’re, as we say back in the States, we’re on the same page.”

Macron’s comments about relations between the United States and other countries like France are a complete departure from his thoughts from when President Donald Trump was in office.

Trump and Macron had a notoriously tumultuous relationship. The French president, for example, didn’t seem to regard Trump as a leader, characterizing him as someone who’s not a “classical politician.”

After the US pulled out of the Paris climate agreement in 2017, France chose to not invite American leaders to a climate change meeting in Paris. Macron around the same time said France “will be there to replace” US contributions to the funding of climate change research.

In 2019, Macron and other world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were caught on a hot mic mocking Trump for his unusually long press conferences.

Macron in his Saturday remarks did not explicitly mention Trump by name but reporters and officials were quick to make comparisons between the former president and Biden.

Macron’s remarks come on the heels of praise and criticism from other world leaders.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for example, hailed Biden on Thursday as “a big breath of fresh air.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump is “extraordinary” and “talented.” Putin called Biden a “career man” who “has spent virtually his entire adulthood” in politics.

Across 12 countries surveyed on Biden’s approval rating so far, a median of 75% of respondents said they felt confident he would “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” according to a Pew Research study released Thursday. At the end of Trump’s presidency, just 17% of global respondents believed the same about the former president.

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Four states cut off federal unemployment benefits Saturday – and the White House is very unlikely to step in to prevent the loss of stimulus aid

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  • Four states are cutting off stimulus jobless aid on Saturday.
  • The cuts in Mississippi, Missouri, Alaska, and Iowa yanks aid from 340,000 workers.
  • The Biden administration is very unlikely to step in and prevent the unemployment aid losses.
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For nearly 340,000 workers on Saturday, a steady flow of federal assistance will abruptly end.

Mississippi, Missouri, Alaska, and Iowa are the first four Republican-led states to scrap their federal unemployment insurance programs. They include the $300 federal supplement to unemployment checks, along with a pair of federal programs that expanded government assistance to gig-workers, freelancers, and the long-term unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No extra federal assistance will be going out the door in those states after this weekend. That means the level of wage replacement with regular unemployment aid will not amount to half of workers’ past income, per data from Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow and jobless policy expert at the left-leaning Century Foundation.

Some 22 million US jobs were lost last year because of the pandemic, many of them low-wage positions.

Twenty-five GOP-led states are pulling the plug on unemployment insurance programs over the summer, imperiling aid for nearly four million people, according to Stettner. Republican governors argue that the federal aid is keeping people from re-entering the workforce, slowing the economic recovery.

“It has become clear to me that we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said last month.

The unemployment aid was extended until early September under President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief law enacted three months ago. But many employers and Republicans stepped up their complaints about worker shortages, particularly in the leisure and hospitality sector, though those sectors added jobs in the past two months.

Biden appears to have demonstrated some sensitivity to the criticisms. The president said last week that it “makes sense” for federal unemployment aid to expire on Labor Day. Then White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Republican governors have “every right” to cancel the administration’s jobless aid programs.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with some economic experts, argue that the government has a legal obligation to step in and distribute aid to at least gig workers through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. But the Labor Department – which administers the program – has concluded it is unable to do much about it.

Some Democrats in Congress have been fiercely critical of the GOP moves.

“No one should face financial ruin for living in states run by Republicans,” Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said in a statement last month. He told Politico recently he was eyeing a new bill to address the situation, though such a plan faces an uphill climb in the evenly-divided Senate.

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Trump boasts that he’s ‘writing like crazy’ and working on ‘the book of all books’

Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021.

  • Former President Donald Trump announced on Friday he’s writing a book.
  • “When the time comes, you’ll see the book of all books,” he said.
  • Presidents typically publish a memoir after they leave office.
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Former President Donald Trump on Friday announced a new personal project he’s working on: a book.

“I’m writing like crazy,” Trump said in a statement released through his leadership PAC, “and when the time comes, you’ll see the book of all books.”

Trump claimed he has turned down two book deals “from the most unlikely of publishers.” He did not provide any further details.

“I do not want to do such a deal right now,” he said.

Trump also teased he’s currently “working on a much more important project” but did not disclose more information.

Once an avid tweeter, Trump was booted from social media platforms Twitter and Facebook in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection on January 6. Facebook announced last week the company will uphold Trump’s ban until at least January 2023.

Trump now communicates to the public through his leadership PAC, dubbed Save America, regularly putting out short, strongly worded statements, similar to how he’d tweet. The former president also launched a blog, called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which he shut down after less than a month.

Since he left the White House, Trump has reportedly met with several prominent journalists to conduct interviews for forthcoming books about his presidency.

“We are not discussing particulars of any individual book interviews that President Trump is giving but it’s safe to say that he remains the hottest name in politics and he’s the interview that everyone wants,” Jason Miller, Trump’s spokesperson, told Politico in March. “We’re tracking nearly three dozen post-presidency books where he will be the star.”

Former presidents typically release a memoir in the years after they leave office, providing big business for publishers. Barack Obama’s book, “A Promised Land,” was published in November and sold more than 3 million copies in its first month. George W. Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” came out in 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller.

Before he was commander-in-chief, Trump had his name on more than a dozen books related to real estate and business.

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