As president, Donald Trump asked former British Prime Minister Theresa May a graphic hypothetical question about abortion, sarcastically prayed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's well-being and complained about the appearances of the people who represented him.
These interactions were first reported in "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America" by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, released Tuesday.
The book provides an extensive glimpse into the Trump's activities both in the White House and his 2016 and 2020 presidential bids.
Here are more moments previously unreported.
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Trump sarcastically prayed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's well-being
"For weeks, when the subject of Supreme Court justices came up in meetings, Trump would clasp his hands together and look skyward," Haberman wrote.
"Please God. Please watch over her. Every life is precious," Trump said.
He would then ask his aides, almost winking, "How's she doing?" In one instance, Trump asked a visitor to the White House, "She gonna make it? How much longer you think she has?"
Trump was offered a tutorial on the federal government
A month before Trump's inauguration, former House Speaker Paul Ryan and a group of his aides offered Trump a tutorial on how the federal government works, complete with charts that the group thought would help him.
But during the presentation, Trump "seemed unable or unwilling to focus on it," Haberman wrote. Instead, Trump wanted to discuss angry reactions to his tweets and negotiations with Boeing for a new Air Force One plane.
'Can't we do better lighting or give her better makeup?'
White House aides noted "how much more interested he (Trump) was in gossiping with people, some of whom he barely knew." He was "singularly interested" in the appearances of the people representing him, Haberman wrote.
To aides, Trump complained about how former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley appeared on television, asking, "Can't we do better lighting or give her better makeup?"
Trump also said Elaine Duke, former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, looked "like a housewife. Can't someone tell her she needs to dress better?"
Trump asked May unprompted question about abortion
In May's visit to the White House in 2017, Trump struck up an unprompted conversation about abortion with her, Haberman wrote.
"Abortion is such a tough issue," Trump said, "Some people are pro-life, some people are pro-choice."
Trump followed up with a hypothetical question to May, asking her, "Imagine if some animals with tattoos raped your daughter and she got pregnant?"
Mistaking staff for waiters: Trump assumed staffers of color were White House servers, new Haberman book says
Trump suggested he couldn't fire Carson because he is Black
When Trump's sole Black Cabinet official, Ben Carson, former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, got embroiled in a scandal over office furnishings, Trump told a conservative ally, "I can't fire him."
He added, "You know why," alluding to Carson's race, Haberman wrote.
Trump lashed out at campaign manager over Tulsa rally
When TikTok users and K-Pop fans seemingly tricked the Trump campaign into expecting high attendance in a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump lashed out at his former campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
"What do you mean, it's (expletive) empty?" Trump said.
The Tulsa rally was the final nail in the coffin for Parscale, Haberman wrote.
"That was the worst goddamn thing I ever saw," Trump told Parscale before his firing as campaign manager. "I can't believe you did that to me. You should be embarrassed."
Kushner allegedly inflated polling numbers to avoid upsetting Trump
During Trump's reelection campaign, Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, advised a campaign pollster to inflate Trump's polling numbers.
Kushner claimed that "scientific polls always missed Trump voters, but campaign officials suspected the real reason was to avoid upsetting Trump," Haberman wrote.
Trump vowed to 'never' leave White House after election loss
Weeks after the 2020 presidential election, Trump told his aides he had no intention of leaving the White House, Haberman wrote.
"I'm just not going to leave," Trump said. "We're never leaving," Trump told another aide.
"How can you leave when you won an election?" Trump asked Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Conference. "Why should I leave if they stole it from me?"
Trump's aides, Haberman wrote, were uncertain of Trump's future actions, but held onto hope that he would eventually accept his loss to President Joe Biden.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump sarcastically prayed for RBG, focused on appearances: new book