- Trump flew into a disproportionate rage over a staffer's mistake, John Boehner wrote in his memoir.
- The staffer told Trump the wrong names of golfers at a game Trump invited himself to, Boehner wrote.
- "What are you, some kind of idiot?" yelled Trump, according to the memoir.
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Trump flew into a rage at a GOP staffer for getting his golf partners' names wrong back before he was running for president, former House Speaker John Boehner said in his upcoming memoir.
A excerpt from the book was published by Punchbowl News on Thursday in its morning newsletter.
Boehner wrote that Donald Trump had invited himself along for golf with Boehner and two high-profile executives at a Trump golf course.
Boehner said there was "something dark" about the incident, which took place while he was House Minority Leader. This timing would place the anecdote some time between 2007 and 2011 - long before Trump ran for office and while he was on American screens as the star of "The Apprentice"
At that time, "I didn't know Donald Trump at all, except from television," Boehner wrote. "But his name was on the door of the club, and if he wanted to come out with us, none of us were going to say no."
Trump was friendly, but in an "in-your-face, this-is-how-they-talk-in-New-
"'You and I are gonna take these two turkeys on and whip 'em,'" Boehner quoted Trump as saying.
Boehner's staffer John Criscuolo mistakenly introduced the executives as "Joe and Jeff" - an error he would pay for later. (Boehner said he had changed the executives' names to protect their anonymity.)
"Joe and Jeff" was how Boehner and Trump referred to the two men for the rest of the game - during which, Boehner noted, Trump was surprisingly good.
By the end of the game, Boehner said, Trump was in a fine mood - which completely turned when "Joe and Jeff" awkwardly said that those were not their names.
Boehner shrugged it off and apologized, but as for Trump, he said, "this sort of glower fell across his face. The kind of look I could tell that you didn't want to see too often if you happened to work for him."
He got right in Criscuolo's face, causing the staffer to step back, and yelled: "What are you, some kind of idiot?"
"'You want to know how to remember somebody's name?'" Boehner recalled Trump saying. "'You f---ing LISTEN!'"
"I'd never seen anybody treat a staffer like that - not in politics, not ever," Boehner wrote. "This was more than New York bluster. This was real anger, over something very, very small. We had no idea then what that anger would do to our country."