Trump said 'who the f--- are you' to GOP lawmaker after criticism of tweets: New book

President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE reacted angrily to a Republican congressman who challenged him on false claims about the size of his inauguration crowd, responding, "Who the f--- are you?" according to a new book.

The anecdote is included in a new book by Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer titled "A Hill To Die On."

Rep. Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Female candidates search for liftoff in 2020 presidential race Hillicon Valley: House votes to reinstate net neutrality rules | GOP lawmakers lay into Twitter, Facebook over censorship claims | Amazon workers push company on climate | Bill targets algorithmic bias | Yahoo to pay 7M in breach settlement House votes to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules MORE (R-Fla.) reportedly urged the president to stop the "tweets and whining about crowd size" at his inauguration, prompting Trump to respond, "Who the f--- are you?" before repeating the falsehood that he had the "biggest inauguration" ever, according to an excerpt from the book mentioned by The Washington Post.


The book also features an Oval Office interview with Trump in which he tells the authors that he was largely unbothered by the Democrats’ victory in the 2018 midterms, saying legislative quid pro quos among various factions of the Republican caucus made legislation impossible even with his party in control.

"Now, I just say 'Hey, folks, let’s go. Give me legislation. Let me see. And if we like it, we’ll work on it,'" Trump told Sherman and Palmer, according to the Post.

Trump also told the authors that if Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (D-Calif.) had failed to secure the votes among her caucus to assume the speakership, he would have asked his allies in the conservative House Freedom Caucus to contribute enough votes to put her over the top.

The book also delves into the relationship between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform GOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight MORE (R-La.) as they jockeyed to succeed retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.).

Scalise gathered advisers and allies at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse to discuss possibly challenging McCarthy for the position of top Republican in the House, according to the book. McCarthy was reportedly furious when he discovered the dinner had taken place, but Scalise denied he was there. McCarthy told Scalise he had "had it" and would not serve on a divided leadership team.

"It’s completely inaccurate to suggest Whip Scalise lied to Leader McCarthy," Scalise spokesperson Lauren Fine told the Post.