‘You’re Stealing My Money!: Trump Exploded At Chris Christie Over Transition Expenses — ‘I Want My F*cking Money’
In a new article published by The Guardian, journalist Michael Lewis revealed that President Donald Trump exploded in rage in 2016 when he learned it would cost millions of dollars to fund a presidential transition team — and it seems that Trump at one point ordered the entire office shut down, even if it was against the law.
In his column, Lewis claims that Donald Trump in 2016 went on a furious tirade when former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explained to the future president in April 2016 that he would need to either pay to hire a transition team himself or would have to use campaign funds to pay for it.
Trump during the campaign grudgingly agreed to let Christie set up a separate fund aimed solely at raising money for the transition.
By August 2016, the transition team had hired hundreds of people — and Trump found out by reading a newspaper article that the transition fund had raised millions of dollars to pay them.
Upon reading this, according to Lewis, Trump summoned both Christie and former campaign chairman Steve Bannon into his office and blew up at both of them.
“You’re stealing my money!” Trump yelled at them. “You’re stealing my f*cking money! What the f*ck is this?”
They tried to explain to Trump that campaigns are required by law to fund transition teams to ensure a smooth transfer of power after the election.
Trump, however, was undeterred by this reasoning.
“F*ck the law,” Trump yelled, according to the report. “I don’t give a f*ck about the law. I want my f*cking money.”
“Shut it down,” he told them. “Shut down the transition.”
Bannon, according to Lewis, then decided to use a different tactic to persuade Trump — and told the enraged president that shutting down his own transition office would not play well on cable news.
“What do you think Morning Joe will say if you shut down your transition?” he asked.
“That makes sense,” Trump said after calming down.
Lewis goes on to report, however, that Trump still believed he could somehow keep the money raised for the transition even after he won the election.
According to Lewis, Trump told Christie after his shock win that “you and I are so smart that we can leave the victory party two hours early and do the transition ourselves” so he can keep the money raised by the campaign.