“Trump spilled over into the history of the bunker as soon as they arrived and yelled at them to smoke whoever leaked it. It was the most upset some aides had ever seen the president,” Bender writes.
“Whoever did this, he should be charged with treason!” Trump yelled. ‘They should be executed!’ ”Reads the book.
Mark Meadows, then White House chief of staff, “repeatedly tried to calm the president down as surprised assistants avoided eye contact,” Bender writes, adding that Trump’s senior aide told his boss: ” I’m on it. We’ll find out who did it. ”
Trump, angry with the leak for days, “repeatedly asked Meadows if he found the leak,” with his main collaborator becoming “obsessed” with finding the source, according to the book, which noted that ” those who said they heard the president say that the warning interpreted the explosion as a sign of a panicked president. “
Liz Harrington, chief spokesperson for Trump, on Tuesday rejected Bender’s account of the book to CNN, saying in a statement that the former president “never told or suggested it to anyone.”
At the time, the White House also warned staff members who had to report to work on Monday after the bunker was used to hide their passes until they reached a point of secret service entrance and to hide them when leaving, according to an email that was seen by CNN.
CORRECTION: This story was updated to correct when President Trump was taken to the White House bunker.