New Book Reveals Bizarre Moment Trump Scribbled Notes About ‘Sloppy Steve’ Bannon in Briefing With Lawmakers


A new book about Donald Trump‘s presidency contains a weird anecdote about a moment when he impressed lawmakers by taking notes at an infrastructure meeting. It’s just, well, his notes weren’t about the meeting.

Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer are the co-authors of The Hill to Die On, an upcoming collection of reports about Trump’s Washington and his ascension to the Oval Office. One incident, previewed on Wednesday by the Washington Post, was a Camp David briefing where Trump seemed at first to be really engaged in what former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn was telling him.


During a Republican retreat at Camp David last year, President Trump seemed particularly enthralled as Gary Cohn, then his chief economic adviser, delivered a briefing on infrastructure. The president impressed the assembled lawmakers with his apparent interest in the presentation, nodding along and scribbling furious notes.

But Trump’s notes “had nothing to do with infrastructure…”

Instead, Trump had scrawled “Sloppy Steve” atop his index card, followed by “copious notes” criticizing Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist who he had fired several months earlier.

Other interesting tidbits described in the book include Trump finding a bright side to Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Fox News’ Sean Hannity getting involved in policy discussions, and Trump shouting “Who the f*ck are you?” at Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) for telling him to quit tweeting and talking about crowd sizes.

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