‘I'm in the White House, They're Not,’ Trump Says of Book Writers

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump has thoughts about people who write books that criticize him and his presidency: “Gee, I’m in the White House, & they’re not!”

Trump delivered the message Thursday on Twitter, as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a fellow Republican who scuttled his own White House run in 2016 after placing sixth in the New Hampshire primary, promoted his memoir “Let Me Finish.” Christie in recent days told talk show host Stephen Colbert that Trump “blew it” with a partial government shutdown.

“So great to watch & listen to all these people who write books & talk about my presidential campaign and so many others things related to winning, and how I should be doing ‘IT.’ As I take it all in, I then sit back, look around, & say ‘gee, I’m in the White House, & they’re not!,”’ Trump said on Twitter.

Christie also cited Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as being a driving force behind his ouster as the head of Trump’s transition team following the 2016 election, citing a long-standing grudge. As a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Christie secured a guilty plea from developer Charles Kushner -- Jared Kushner’s father -- to tax evasion and other counts after charging him in a plot to hire a prostitute to seduce his own brother-in-law, then mailing a video of the encounter to his wife -- the sister of Charles Kushner.

The latest book from Christie follows “Team of Vipers,” a tell-all book by former White House aide Cliff Sims. Trump on Tuesday attacked Sims by name on Twitter, calling him a “low-level staffer” and his book a boring and based on made-up stories. “He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He signed a non-disclosure agreement. He is a mess!” Trump said.

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