In September, then-President Donald Trump met with then-Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden for the first in a series of preparation sessions for the upcoming debates.
According to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker, former GOP Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey played Biden, and Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway stood in for Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who would be moderating the first debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
The first of a series of preparation sessions for the future debates was held in September with then-President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie played Biden, and Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway stood in for Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who would be moderating the first debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
According to the book, while Christie proposed that Trump just bring up Hunter Biden, the Democratic nominee’s son, to throw him off, Giuliani wanted Trump to go into greater detail about Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.
According to the book, the former mayor of New York City’s strategy was not well accepted by many in the room.
“Most of the other advisors found Giuliani’s advice to be ‘supremely unhelpful,’ as one characterized his coaching tips for the president,” the book says.
According to the book, when Giuliani eventually came to the next debate prep, he was so late that he was only able to participate in the last 30 minutes of the session.
During the Cleveland debate, Trump followed Giuliani’s counsel, according to the book. He made personal attacks on Hunter Biden, accusing him of having substance abuse problems in the past and attempting to link him to shady offshore business ventures.
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Joe Biden shrugged off the unfavorable press and promptly defended his son.
“My son, like a lot of people at home, had a drug problem,” he said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”
Trump aides were also concerned that an often drunk Giuliani would break valuable White House china as they were about the advice, he was giving the former commander-in-chief.
When asked about the former New York City mayor’s antics on election night, Wolff, who is making the rounds on television shows to promote his book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” pointed out, as he has before, that the attorney was constantly intoxicated.
“Let’s talk about the chaos,” host Mitchell prompted. “When you write that Rudy Giuliani was telling the president that he won, what was happening there? Who was the president listening to? Why did he think he had won the election?”
“Well, one of the — I was going to say amusing or perhaps horrifying details is that when Rudy was trying to make his case and he was first — and he was sort of on the phone with the president and making the case to anyone he could — he was pulled aside by some of Trump’s key aides and he was pulled aside into at the White House, the china room,” he began.
“And at that moment, Rudy was incredibly drunk, weaving this way and that way,” he continued, “And the china, those place settings from every president are very valuable and Trump’s aides were obviously, or rightfully concerned about what Giuliani was saying to the president about the election, and giving him this misinformation. But they were also concerned that he was going to break the china.”
“Literally break the china in the White House,” the MSNBC host pressed.
“Yes, because he was really drunk, ” Wolff replied.