President Donald Trump frequently interrupted foreign and domestic policy briefings to satisfy his obsession with badgers when Wisconsin native Reince Priebus was his White House chief of staff, reports Business Insider.
According to the new book “Sinking In The Swamp,” the president peppered Priebus with questions about Wisconsin’s state animal, asking whether badgers was “mean to people,” how they “work,” and how aggressive they can get.
“After Trump was reminded that the short-legged omnivore was practically synonymous with the Badger State, he’d make a point of bringing it up at seemingly random occasions to his beleaguered chief of staff,” wrote authors Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng.
“‘Are they mean to people?’ Trump at least twice asked Priebus in the opening months of his presidency,” the authors wrote.
“‘Or are they friendly creatures?’ The president would also ask if Priebus had any photos of badgers he could show him, and if Priebus could carefully explain to him how badgers ‘work’ exactly.”
“Trump also wanted to know if the badger had a ‘personality’ or if it was boring,” the authors wrote. “What kind of damage could a badger to do a person with its flashy, sharp claws?”
“An obviously enthralled president would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers,” they added, “all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage.”
According to the book, Trump also has a habit of grilling his advisers on other topics of interest to him.
At one point, the book claims that the president asked his space-policy advisers about space garbage, posing questions like:
- “Where does it go?”
- “Where does it crash to earth?”
- “What exactly is up there, circling the globe?”
- “Who, or what, is creating all this space garbage?”
- “Is this a national security threat?”