During their term in office, former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence were generally thought to have enjoyed a close and positive relationship.
A new tell-all book about the Trump years, however, insists that things were not always so friendly behind the scenes.
“You need to get your facts straight”
According to the Washington Examiner, Michael Bender included one scene from 2018 in which Pence allegedly “lost it” with Trump as part of the new book Frankly, We Did Win This Election.
The then-president was reportedly upset that Pence’s political action committee hired former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski.
In an essay published by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Bender adapted a portion of his book that deals with the confrontation that he claims followed.
“Mr. Trump was holding a newspaper article about the hiring and said it made him look weak, like his team was abandoning him as he was probed for his campaign’s role in Russian election meddling,” Bender wrote. “He crumpled the article and threw it at his vice president. ‘So disloyal,’ Mr. Trump said.”
Pence is said to have become irate at the implication and hurled the article back at Trump, yelling: “We walked you through every detail of this. We did this for you — as a favor. And this is how you respond? You need to get your facts straight.”
“Nothing to do with facts or reality”
For his part, the former president issued a statement through his own Save America PAC that flatly denied any such altercation took place.
“The story written by third-rate reporter Michael Bender, that Mike Pence and I had a big fight over Corey Lewandowski, is totally false,” Trump wrote.
He went on to dismiss the claim, declaring it “fiction as are so many other stories written in the vast number of books coming out about me.”
Trump reminded his supporters to take such reports with a “grain of salt,” complaining that Bender and others bypass sources and fact-checkers in an effort to make him look bad.
“Frankly, so many stories are made-up, or pure fiction,” he declared. “These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality.”