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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' 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 PoseyHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks House Republican introduces bill to hold up members' pay if they vote by proxy Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 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 PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move 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 McCarthySupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention McCarthy calls NY requests for Trump tax returns political MORE (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseCheney clashes with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up MORE (R-La.) as they jockeyed to succeed retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world 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.