Pence 'lost it' in clash with Trump: Book

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Former Vice President Mike Pence "lost it" after former President Donald Trump threw a crumpled newspaper article at him in frustration, according to a report.

The 2018 clash was cited as an example of Pence not being "practiced in confronting Trump" in an essay published on Thursday, adapted from Wall Street Journal senior White House reporter Michael Bender's new book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, and was rejected by Trump as "totally false" a day after its release.

Administration officials recalled Trump taking umbrage when he found out Pence’s political committee hired Corey Lewandowski, a manager of the 45th president's 2016 campaign for a time, according to the book.

"Mr. Trump was holding a newspaper article about the hiring and said it made him look weak, like his team was abandoning him as he was probed for his campaign’s role in Russian election meddling. He crumpled the article and threw it at his vice president," the essay wrote. "'So disloyal,' Mr. Trump said."

"Mr. Pence lost it," the essay continued, adding Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, was the one who asked Pence to hire Lewandowski, and he planned to discuss the matter with Trump over lunch.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

"Mr. Pence picked up the article and threw it back at Mr. Trump," Bender wrote. "He leaned toward the president and pointed a finger a few inches from his chest. 'We walked you through every detail of this,' Mr. Pence snarled. 'We did this for you — as a favor. And this is how you respond? You need to get your facts straight.'”

Trump released a statement through his Save America PAC denying the story on Friday.

"The story written by third-rate reporter Michael Bender, that Mike Pence and I had a big fight over Corey Lewandowski, is totally false. No such fight ever happened, it is fiction as are so many others stories written in the vast number of books coming out about me," Trump said.

He also issued a blanket statement urging people to be skeptical of books written about him and his administration.

"It seems to me that meeting with authors of the ridiculous number of books being written about my very successful Administration, or me, is a total waste of time," Trump said. "They write whatever they want to write anyway without sources, fact-checking, or asking whether or not an event is true or false. Frankly, so many stories are made-up, or pure fiction. These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality. So when reading the garbage that the Fake News Media puts out, please remember this and take everything with a "'grain of salt.'"

Bender's book, set to be published by Twelve next week, already received backlash from Team Trump for reporting the former president told then-chief of staff John Kelly in 2018 on a visit to Europe to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things."

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"The report from the Michael Bender book is totally false," Liz Harrington, a spokeswoman for Trump, told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. "President Trump never said this. It was probably made up by an incompetent general who was fired."

Trump insisted to Fox News last month that he and Pence maintain a "good relationship," even after the 45th president criticized his former No. 2 for lacking the "courage" to stop lawmakers from certifying the Electoral College vote in favor of now-President Joe Biden, a process disrupted by rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Pence said in a speech in June that he and Trump "have spoken many times since we left office." However, he acknowledged, "I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years."

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