New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt is releasing his new book Donald Trump v. the United States this week and already stories are breaking about the shocking revelations it contains.
According to a report in the book, Mike Pence was on stand-by to “take over” when Trump made an unexpected visit to Walter Reed hospital in November 2019. There was another late night emergency visit to Walter Reed on August 1 for a “cerebral event.”
“Describing Trump’s unexpected November 2019 visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he reports the White House wanted Mike Pence ‘on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.’ (The vice president never had to take this step.)”
Reporter Don Winslow says there have been a series of these events, known as mini-strokes, in his time in the White House.
The Trump team denies everything.
Other tidbits offered in the Michael Schmidt book described some problems with Mitch McConnell falling asleep in a classified briefing on Russia, the debate over Kushner’s security clearance, and Trump offering Gen. John Kelly the position as director of the FBI if he pledged his loyalty to Trump over the Constitution.