Excerpts from a new book indicate that President Donald Trump had a falling out with Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, which may explain why the governor was never able to secure a role in the White House.
The book, "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency," follows White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's rise to power. Author Joshua Green, a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, met Bannon in 2011 and has talked with him on and off the record about Bannon's life, his role at Breitbart and the Trump campaign, according to CBS News.
Several excerpts show the cut throat atmosphere inside the Oval Office, including one incident in which Trump cut ties with Christie after the governor tried to hand him a phone.
The falling out occurred on election night, shortly after Trump learned that he had pulled off a major upset over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Although he was surrounded by friends, aides and family members, there seemed to be a force field around him that discouraged a direct approach," Green wrote. Those in the room began saluting and congratulating Vice President Mike Pence while Trump sat at a desk to absorb the gravity of the news.
That's when Christie "burst through the force field and sat next to him."
The governor offered to use his own cell phone to take the congratulatory call from former President Barack Obama.
"If you win, he’s going to call my phone, and I’ll pass it over to you," Christie told the president, according to the Daily Mail.
Trump, a known germaphobe, "flashed a look of annoyance, clearly resenting the intrusion."
"You know my number," Trump told Christie. "Just give it to the President, I don't want your f***ing phone."
Christie, who once held a powerful standing within Trump's cabinet, "wouldn't recover" from the gaffe. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner fired the New Jersey governor shortly thereafter.
Many have previously theorized what led to Christie's fall from grace, speculating that he fell from the president's favor when he pushed his way into photos of Trump on election night.
In addition to giving readers an inside look into the Trump campaign and the president's turbulent transition to the White House, it also details the rise of the alt-right and Bannon's years-long plan to defeat Hillary Clinton.
"Bannon was the mastermind of an interlocking group of political organizations funded by a right-wing billionaire whose mission was to tear down Hillary Clinton," said Green, according to CBS. "The goal wasn't to do that for Trump; this was long before Trump was the nominee, but it was clear Clinton was probably going to be the Democratic candidate, and Trump wound up being the beneficiary of Bannon's efforts."
Green's book, published by Penguin Press, will be available for purchase July 18.