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New book: Rupert Murdoch called Trump a ‘f—ing idiot’

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Rupert Murdoch once called President Trump a “f—ing idiot” according to an excerpt of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, that was published by New York Magazine on Wednesday.

Murdoch made the remark about a month after Trump’s election, when the president-elect called him to go over a meeting he’d had at Trump Tower with a group of tech company executives from Silicon Valley.

Murdoch was not impressed with Trump’s understanding of politics, immigration visas or the relationship between tech companies and former President Barack Obama, according to the excerpt.

When he got off the phone with Trump, Murdoch reportedly said: “What a f—ing idiot.”

Trump told Murdoch the meeting with the officials had been “great,” according to Wolff’s account in New York Magazine.

{mosads}“These guys really need my help. Obama was not very favorable to them, too much regulation,” Trump said, according to the excerpt.

“This is really an opportunity for me to help them.”

Murdoch suggested that tech was losing an administration that had treated it favorably, saying that “for eight years these guys had Obama in their pocket.”

“They practically ran the administration,” he added. “They don’t need your help.”

Murdoch reportedly warned Trump about taking a liberal stance on H-1B visas, a program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S. 

He suggested that if Trump helped the tech companies with H-1B visas, it could be hard to square with his stance to take a harder line on immigration. 

Wolff wrote that Trump shrugged off the suggestion. 

“We’ll figure it out,” Trump said.

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