Maggie Haberman Removes Photo of Her Book Notes: The author of the new book about him, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, has come under fire from Donald Trump.
The former president called her a “creep” and misspelled her name while accusing her of making up stories and failing to do fact-checking. Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social: “Here we go again! Another Fakebook is out, this one, supposedly very boring and stale, by self-appointed head case, Failing (unfunded liability!) New York Times writer, Maggie Hagerman.”
He continued: “In it, she tells many made-up stories, with zero fact-checking or confirmation by anyone who would know, like me. In one case she lies about me wanting to fire my daughter, Ivanka, and Jared. WRONG, pure fiction. Never even crossed my mind. Just have to fight trouble-making creeps like Maggie and all the rest!”
Ms. Haberman, who has documented Mr. Trump’s life since before his time in the White House, was quick to fight back at the accusation that she had not fact-checked her stories, with — as Mr. Trump suggests — “anyone who would know, like me”.
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She demonstrated that she had spoken to the former president by posting a picture of a list of typed questions and answers on Twitter next to his Truth Social post. The responses were written in the former president’s characteristic style and in his preferred format, the black Sharpie marker pen.
The former president appeared to take the most offense to the notion that he intended to terminate his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner out of all the snippets that have been made public over the previous few days.
When asked why he finally chose not to do so, Mr. Trump did in fact deny in Ms. Haberman’s notes that he wanted then-chief-of-staff John Kelly to relocate his daughter and her husband out of the White House.
He writes in pen: “False story — Kelly was too dumb to properly handle such an event if true, which it was not.” However, as attorney Ron Filipkowski notes on Twitter: “There are many people who served in the Trump Admin who back up the story that he wanted to fire Jared.”
According to Ms. Haberman’s description of the episode in her book, the then-president was just a few seconds away from sending a tweet informing his daughter and her husband that they were no longer working for the White House.
Both were serving as senior White House officials, and the former president, who reportedly became irritated by his son-in-presence law’s and thought he spoke “like a child,” only refrained from firing them out of a fit of rage after Don McGahn and Mr. Kelly intervened.
From CONFIDENCE MAN pic.twitter.com/TML85hMT07
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 30, 2022
According to reports, Mr. Kelly warned the president that an in-person chat would be the best way to break the news and prevented the president from sending a tweet that would have immediately announced the couple’s departure from Trump’s White House.
According to Ms. Haberman, the conversation never took place. Ivanka and Mr. Kushner held down their jobs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue until the departure of their superior and relative in January 2021.