Friday, April 07, 2017
THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS.
NEW photo: Kushner/Mnuchin/Ross/TRUMP/Tillerson/Reince/Cohn/Powell/Bannon/Miller in the Mar-a-Lago secure room last night. (via @presssec) -- @SteveKopack
TRUMP: I don't get it. I thought you'd show me things blowing up. This is a bunch of dots and lines.
MATTIS: This is a strategy map, Mr. President. The explosions have already taken place --
TRUMP: How do I know that? You could be bullshitting me. Like when they quote unquote killed Bin Laden. Can't you get someone to bring me back a skeleton? And maybe a certificate of authenticity, you know, like they have for baseball memorabilia.
[Knock on the door.]
PRIEBUS: Sir, you did tell Secret Service to secure this area?
TRUMP: Relax, I recognize that knock. [yells] C'mon in, Rodolfo.
[A waiter enters with a cart.]
TRUMP: Great, now we can eat. Listen, guys, I didn't have time to take orders, but there's some roast beef, turkey and I think vegetable wraps. All kinds of chips. And I think Coke and Diet Coke.
[Waiter hands out food.]
TRUMP: Oh, and we got Bannon a pastrami on rye. Get it? Okay, no one's got a sense of humor.
[As waiter leaves, KUSHNER drops a fifty on his cart.]
ROSS: Say, Mr, President -- What's that sound?
TRUMP: I told you. That's the ice machine.
ROSS: No, no, a different sound, next door.
TRUMP: What? Everybody pipe down.
[Room freezes; sound unmistakably of a couple having intercourse in the next room. TRUMP gets up and goes to the wall.]
TRUMP: [knocks on wall] Alright, knock it off in there! [no response] Can you believe these two? What is that, the honeymoon suite? [knocks on wall again; no response] Rex, how about you go over there and tell 'em whats what.
TILLERSON: What? I can't do that!
TRUMP: OK, tell you what you do, you tell those kids we're upgrading their room, penthouse suite, you call down to the desk, Enzio will take care of everything. [fishes out wallet] Here, give 'em a couple of these coupons, they can have a good time in the lounge. Tell 'em it's on the President. That always gets them to cooperate. You should see how the Chinese ate it up. [opens the door for TILLERSON.]
TILLERSON: Mr. President, this, this just doesn't make sense. I'm the Secretary of State!
TRUMP: Alright. [points to lone woman in room] Sweetheart, what's your name?
POWELL: Dina Powell, sir. I'm the deputy national advisor for strategy.
TRUMP: That's nice. Here, take the coupons and get those kids outta there. Attagirl. [POWELL leaves. Room is silent but for the sound from next door] Good thing she left. I'm starting to feel a little horny. [points to the screen] Listen, can we get Pong on that thing?