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President Donald Trump used a Hispanic accent to imitate migrants pleading to cross the US-Mexico border, an anonymous White House official says in a new book.
The claim is one of many in "A Warning," a new book about the Trump administration obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its November 19 release.
"They are saying, 'Oh, please help! My husband left me!' They are useless. They don't do anything for our country," the official recalled Trump saying during an Oval Office meeting, according to The Post.
The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, has characterized the book as "nothing but lies."
President Donald Trump mocked migrants trying to enter the US from Mexico by imitating their pleas in a Hispanic accent, an anonymous White House official claims in a new book.
A copy of the book, titled "A Warning," was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its November 19 release, with The Post publishing extracts from the book Friday.
In one instance, The Post reports, the anonymous current or former official wrote that during an Oval Office meeting Trump began impersonating migrants.
"We get these women coming in with like seven children," Trump said, according to the book.
"They are saying, 'Oh, please help! My husband left me!' They are useless. They don't do anything for our country. At least if they came in with a husband we could put him in the fields to pick corn or something."
The anonymous author has compiled a long list of grievances against the 45th president.
The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told the Associated Press the book was "nothing but lies." In a separate email to The Post, Grisham added: "The coward who wrote this book didn't put their name on it because it is nothing but lies."
The Post's article was one of several excerpting the book ahead of its release. The article also said the official described senior White House officials as waking up "in a full-blown panic" over the president's tweets.
"It's like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him," the author said, according to The Post.
The official also reportedly described Trump as misogynistic.
"He comments on makeup," the person said, according to The Post. "He makes jokes about weight. He critiques clothing. He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like 'sweetie' and 'honey' to address accomplished professionals. This is precisely the way a boss shouldn't act in the work environment."
The official behind the book is the same one who wrote a scathing anonymous New York Times op-ed article in September 2018. Back then, Trump suggested that the article was "treason" and called the author "gutless."