An excerpt from a new book purports that President Trump began to distance himself from Chris Christie during the 2016 presidential campaign after the New Jersey Governor arranged for then-President Obama to call Christie’s phone on election night to congratulate Trump on his victory.
According to the preview of the book “Devil’s Bargain,” by Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green, self-professed germaphobe Trump was repulsed by the prospect of taking a call using Christie’s phone.
“Hey, Chris, you know my f–king phone number,” Trump told Christie, according to the excerpt. “Just give it to the president. I don’t want your f–king phone.”
In November, Trump replaced Christie as leader of his transition team with then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The president did not offer Christie a formal role in his administration, although Christie, an enthusiastic surrogate for Trump during his presidential campaign, is currently spearheading Trump’s opioid epidemic task force.
Brian Murray, a spokesman for Christie, told The Daily Beast Monday, said the following about the alleged claims:
“The account in the book is complete fiction. Governor Christie never spoke to President Obama on election night nor did he make any arrangements for any phone call from The White House to be placed on his cell phone for the President-elect. Finally, he had no conversation on election night as was relayed in this book with the President-elect. The author should be ashamed of himself in passing off this account as true — it is fiction.”
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