Donald Trump is a well-known germophobe and petulant child.
Both traits are on display in this clip, in which he excoriates his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, for coughing during the pr*sident’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Pres. Trump says he “might” turn over his “financial statement” to Congress.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2019
And here’s the transcript. It’s interesting that the craziest part of this segment is the coughing thing, not that Trump says he “hopes” Congress gets the financial information that he’s been desperately trying to prevent them from seeing.
Text from former 2016 Trump campaign staffer: “I was told by multiple people when I came aboard to never cough or sneeze while in the presence of Trump. He thinks it’s a sign of weakness and lack of control. Nobody ever recovers.” https://t.co/9CmKeoH1iu
— Jackie Alemany (@JaxAlemany) June 17, 2019
So who wants to sign up to attend a Trump campaign event and hand him a series of increasingly sick babies? Is whooping cough still a thing? Because that would be the coup de grâce. Then again, would the sight of Trump growing livid at the presence of an infant really be more off-putting than his mocking a disabled reporter?