ROUNDUP: All The Evidence Trump Knows Who Boehner Is

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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A new book on the early days of the Trump white house by Michael Wolff includes an alleged dialogue between former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and the president which is almost certainly false.

“You need a son of a [b****] as your chief of staff,” former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes told Trump, according to Wolff. Wolff’s account continues:

“And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a bitch, but you don’t know Washington.” Ailes had a suggestion: John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the House only a year earlier.

The assertion, which was quickly circulated by journalists on twitter, is almost certainly false. President Donald Trump has tweeted about the former House speaker 7 times since July 28, 2011 referencing ongoing political events, a quick Daily Caller review finds.

Trump and Boehner also golfed together in August 2013 at one of the president’s own golf courses, as detailed by Politico. The story also details how Trump cut a $100,000 dollar check to a Boehner aligned super-pac at the time. David Farenthold of the Washington Post also noted Wednesday that Trump’s charitable foundation gave 5,000 to Boehner’s hometown charity.

David Harsyani, an editor at the Federalist, also said on twitter that he interviewed Trump in January 2013 and he “knew exactly who Boehner was.”

Boehner even told a Stanford audience in April 2016 that he and Trump was his “golfing and texting buddy.”

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