Biden Had a Four-Letter Reaction After He Found Trump's Giant Video Golf Setup in the White House: Book
When President Joe Biden moved into the White House in January, according to a new book, he found his new home a bit cold - with unusual holdovers from Donald Trump's presidency.
Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post contains headline news coverage of the tense final days of Trump's administration. It also describes the mood of his successor as he settled in the official residence of the US presidents.
"Trump's existence has permeated the White House," the Peril writers write, according to a report by ABC News.
According to Peril, Biden responded to a giant video screen where his predecessor was practicing his golf game and projecting virtual versions of the world's most famous golf courses on the wall, among other Trump-specific amenities.
"'What a Q-a-', Biden once said while examining the former president's toys," reads a quote from the book cited in the report. (The White House did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Peril, which was released Tuesday.)
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Biden reportedly referred to the White House as "the grave," wrote Woodward and Costa, adding that security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 made it impossible to hold social events.
Like most grandparents, they wrote, Biden preferred to "relax with the grandchildren in Delaware".
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Speaking to PEOPLE in January, days after they moved to the White House, the President and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, they would still settle in.
"It's surreal ... but it's comfortable," the President said then. "We were here eight years, just not in this part of the residence. We spent a lot of time in the Cabinet Room and in the Oval with the President. So upstairs [in the private family quarters] is new."
His wife added, "The staff at the residence were so great and tried to make us feel at home. We have family pictures everywhere, our books and some furniture that we brought from home."
Peril offers new details of the months after the transition.
When Biden got to work - in response to the coronavirus pandemic, considering withdrawing from Afghanistan, and working with a new Congress to implement his agenda - the president and his advisors also hesitated to say the "T-word" and the former president by his name, write the authors of Peril.
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Speaking to lawmakers, citizens and journalists is part of the job, but Biden's aides hold up "the wall" as needed, the book says, pointing to efforts to avoid the president in the face of him. involved in events or lengthy interviews becomes a known (and sometimes controversial) tendency to deviate from the script.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has acknowledged that White House staff sometimes try to curtail the president's interactions with the press, but acknowledged that Biden tends to ignore their efforts.
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Biden's willingness to answer questions from reporters at public appearances is "not something we recommend," Psaki said in a podcast interview with CNN's David Axelrod in May.
"Often we say, 'Don't take questions,'" she added, but "he'll do what he wants because he's the President of the United States."
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