Trump Kept Asking Reince Priebus About Badgers and Wanted to See Photos, Book Claims
President Donald Trump repeatedly asked former chief of staff Reince Priebus about badgers, according to the new book Sinking in the Swamp by journalists Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng. Priebus has lived in Wisconsin – the Badger State – since he was seven.
Trump would reportedly ask about them ‘when Priebus was attempting to brief the president on matters of healthcare initiatives, foreign policy, or Republican legislative agenda.’
“Are they mean to people?” Trump would ask Priebus. “Or are they friendly creatures?”
Trump wanted to see photos of badgers and asked Priebus how they ‘work’ and whether they had ‘personality’
Priebus was asked to explain ‘how the critters function and behave, what kind of food they like, and how aggressive or deadly they could be when presented with perceived existential threats.’
“An obviously enthralled president would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers, all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage,” the book claims.
Badgers are not the first animal to enthrall Trump. He reportedly hates sharks and once told porn actress Stormy Daniels that he wished all the sharks would die.