In a brand new account of his time as Donald Trump’s fourth and closing chief of employees, former Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows writes that the 74-year-old commander in chief would have overwhelmed up protesters himself if Secret Service brokers hadn’t made him hide in a bunker beneath the White House that the then-president later insisted he’d solely been “inspecting.”
“A couple of hours later, the White Home entered Code Crimson. Protestors had jumped the fence on the Treasury facet of the compound, and so they had been operating towards the Oval Workplace. I’m positive that if President Trump had the selection, he would have headed out to the lawns and knocked their heads in one after the other,” Meadows writes of the Could 29, 2020, incident in his memoir, The Chief’s Chief, a duplicate of which was obtained by The Every day Beast forward of its launch subsequent week.
“However he didn’t have a alternative. In the case of the USA Secret Service, nobody does. Both you do what they are saying, or they decide you up and make you do it. So when the Secret Service requested President Trump to go downstairs to the White Home bunker, he complied. He knew that he may go to the bunker with a number of brokers by his facet, or he may go on their shoulders kicking and screaming. For everybody’s sake the primary choice was higher.
“Nearly instantly information of the president’s journey to the bunker discovered its solution to Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman of The New York Occasions, and so they started spinning a narrative out of it. To today, I have no idea how this data received out, however I’ve my suspicions and it’s a brief checklist… If I needed to wager, I’d say it was most likely Stephanie Grisham, Emma Doyle, or somebody from the VP’s group.”
Meadows, who’s reportedly cooperating now with the Home’s Jan. 6 particular committee that has recommended contempt charges against two other Trump advisers, additionally writes in his e-book, as first reported by The Guardian, that Trump had failed a COVID check earlier than his Sept. 29, 2020, debate with Joe Biden—every week earlier than he ended up hospitalized with the virus and doctors feared they’d need to put him on a ventilator.
Meadows additionally describes Fox talker Sean Hannity as Trump’s “de facto ambassador” to the Freedom Caucus and particulars a convention name with himself Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, after which Home Speaker Paul Ryan wherein “Hannity discovered himself speaking with the newly sworn in president, extra like a Capitol Hill legislative director than the information present host he was.”
Lastly, Meadows describes how then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who “would bash the president in his day by day press briefings and privately name to thank POTUS for all the things he had achieved,” made “one unusual request that will stick out”—asking earlier than a visit to the White Home if Hope Hicks may be part of his assembly with Trump.
“I don’t recall a single query he requested Hope that day,” writes Meadows, “however I do recall him arranging his chair in such a means that allowed him to creepily stare at her for many of the assembly.”