When lawmakers, friends, and other guests visit President Trump in the Oval Office, he will oftentimes take them on a tour of the building while bragging about all of the improvements he has made to it while living there, according to nearly a dozen visitors and current and former White House aides who spoke to The Washington Post.
According to the Post report, Trump told one group of White House visitors that former President Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office’s private dining room and “watched basketball all day,” a claim that an Obama official said was completely false.
“He just sat in here and watched basketball all day,” Trump reportedly said of his predecessor, before saying he upgraded Obama’s smaller TV to a sprawling, flat-screen one, the Post reported.
Trump also reportedly told guests that the dining room was in “rough shape” when he moved in and had a hole in the wall, according to the Post.
An Obama official disputed Trump’s reported allegations, telling the newspaper that Obama rarely used the dining room for work and did not watch basketball in the room. The official also said there was not a hole in the wall.
The Post also cited a new book from former White House aide Cliff Sims, titled “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House,” who wrote that Trump loves to show guests a room directly off the Oval Office where former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were said to have begun their affair.
“We’ve remodeled it since then,” Trump once said while showing around a visitor in December.
In another tour of the room in 2017, Trump allegedly started telling a television anchor, “I’m told this is where Bill and Monica…” but then stopped himself before going into more detail.
Aides told the newspaper that those portions of the tour often led to “lengthy, sometimes crass conversations.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was happy to do tours and “is proud of the White House and its rich history.”
According to Sims’s book, Trump often brags to his guests about how many televisions there are in the West Wing. The president also reportedly boasts of the system that allows him to shift between channels, referring to it as “Super TiVo.”
“I think it’s one of the greatest inventions,” Trump said, according to Sims. The former aide also wrote that the president was smirking while making the remark, “as if to acknowledge his reputation as a television addict.”
Trump also reportedly spends time on these “impromptu” tours talking about the length of the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom.
“I don’t know how he slept there. He was a really tall guy!” Trump reportedly said on one tour.
During a recent tour that included a group of Congress members, Trump reportedly exclaimed: “There was no collusion. It’s completely insane!”
Before moving into the White House, Trump reportedly called it a “real dump” compared to his New Jersey golf club. He has denied making the remark.