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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants 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 PoseyHillicon Valley: Democratic state AGs sue to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger | House kicks off tech antitrust probe | Maine law shakes up privacy debate | Senators ask McConnell to bring net neutrality to a vote Hillicon Valley: Democratic state AGs sue to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger | House kicks off tech antitrust probe | Maine law shakes up privacy debate | Senators ask McConnell to bring net neutrality to a vote Senators call on McConnell to bring net neutrality rules to a vote 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.

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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 PelosiPelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' Pelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill 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 McCarthyMcConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates MORE (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Scalise marks two years since shooting: 'I'm still here today getting to do the job I love' MORE (R-La.) as they jockeyed to succeed retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate 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.