New Book Suggests Trump Endlessly Asked Reince Priebus About Badgers

Rebekah Sager
February 14, 2020 - 11:35 am
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In a soon to be released book by Daily Beast reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay, titled "Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington," it appears that President Donald Trump is obsessed with badgers. 

According to the book, the president spent a considerable amount of time querying his former chief of staff Reince Priebus with questions about the cute cousins to skunks, otters, polecats, weasels, and ferrets. 

Badgers are the state animal of Priebus' home state of Wisconsin.

In one portion of the book, Trump asked Priebus, "Are they mean to people," the president asked. "Or are they, friendly creatures?"

Trump also wanted Priebus to provide photos of badgers, asking him how they "work" exactly.

Another section of the book reads, "He wanted Reince—resident White House badger historian, apparently—to explain to him Wisconsin's obsession with the animal, how the little critters function and behave, what kind of food they like, and how aggressive or deadly they could be when presented with perceived existential threats. Trump also wanted to know if the badger had a "personality" or if it was boring. What kind of damage could a badger to do a person with its flashy, sharp claws? An obviously enthralled president would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers, all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage."