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'Who's That?' Trump Had No Idea Who John Boehner Was After Winning the Election: Report

Roger Ailes wanted the former House Speaker to be Trump's chief of staff.

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report from New York Magazine revealed Wednesday that when President Donald Trump was elected he didn’t know who former House Speaker John Boehner was. In a conversation with Roger Ailes, the former Fox News Chief suggested that Trump look at former Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as his chief of staff. Boehner had stepped down from Congress the year previously.

“You need a son-of-a-bitch as your chief of staff,” he told Trump. “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.”

When Ailes suggested Boehner, Trump reportedly said, “Who’s that?”


Trump had no interest in appointing a strong person to be the chief of staff, New York Magazine reported. He first considered son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ann Coulter had to be the one to take Trump aside and explain to him what the rules were.



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Sarah K. Burris writes about politics and technology for Raw Story.