On Thursday, Haberman revealed the name and title of her book on former President Donald Trump, and Axios got an early peek at some of her findings. According to Axios, Haberman’s Confidence Man will be “the book Trump fears the most.” For example, Trump is said to have maintained communication with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after leaving office. The most eye-catching revelation, though, is about blocked toilets.
During Donald Trump’s presidency, White House workers would periodically find wads of printed paper clogging a toilet, leading them to suspect Trump had flushed the paper, according to Axios, citing Haberman’s book. This is “a vivid new dimension to his lapses in preserving government documents,” according to Axios, a polite nod to the 15 boxes of papers the National Archives had to retrieve from Mar-a-Lago last month to bring Trump into compliance with the Presidential Records Act, as well as his possible mishandling of classified documents, and his habit of ripping up papers after reading them, among other long-reported compliance issues.
One of Trump’s chiefs of staff, John Kelly, “tried to stop classified documents from being taken out of the Oval Office and brought up to the residence because he was concerned about what Mr. Trump may do with them and how that may jeopardize national security,” the New York Times reported Wednesday.
In her 2018 Trump White House book, Unhinged, former Trump adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said that she observed Trump “place a letter in his mouth” in the Oval Office and “looked to be chewing and swallowing the paper,” a startling behavior for a famed “germaphobe.”