An ex-president Donald TrumpHe was asked questions about his child and this triggered me to take action Ivanka TrumpSon-in-law and daughter-in-law Jared Kushner while preparing for the 2020 election debates, ABC’s Jonathan Karl writes in his new book.
Trump reportedly lashed out and said he wasn’t “going to sit here and put up with this shit” when former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who played now-President Joe Biden during a mock debate was questioned on the fortuneThey had earned an income from other sources while working as advisers to Trump.
“You have real nerve talking about relatives taking advantage of political power,” Christie told Trump, according to an excerpt from Karl’s “Betrayal: The Final Act Of The Trump Show” published by Insider.
Christie used the line of attack on Trump after the then-president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, encouraged him to focus during the debate on the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, per the book.
“You’ve invited your daughter and son-in-law into the White House and they made $36 million last year while they were doing the people’s business,” Christie reportedly continued. “Your family traded the influence they have in the White House to make tens of millions of dollars.”
Trump fired back that it was “absolutely untrue.”
“We’ve lost money here,” he claimed. “We’ve lost money here. Being here is a loss for my children. Jared has made more sacrifices than anyone working for his company. He hasn’t made any kind of money.”
After Christie went to attack his longtime friend again, Trump reportedly told him he wasn’t “going to sit here and put up with this shit.”
Christie tried to make the moment a learning opportunity for the president at the time.
“If you go too deeply into the Hunter Biden stuff, this is the kind of stuff he will hit you back on. You’ve got to be ready for that. My job is to get you ready,” he said. “I don’t want to hear any more,” Trump replied. “I know what they’re going to say. Enough. Let’s move on.”