Vice President Mike Pence tried to kiss his wife, Karen Pence, in the minutes after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, but she reportedly turned away from him and said: “You got what you wanted, Mike. Now leave me alone.”
Meanwhile, Karen Pence “wouldn’t so much as say hello to Trump,” Michael Lewis, the author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short,” wrote in a Guardian long read based on several interviews with Trump insiders and published Thursday.
In an account of Trump’s unexpected win and chaotic transition into the White House, Lewis wrote that after clinching Pennsylvania’s electoral votes at 1:35 a.m. on November 9, thereby winning the election, Trump “just stared at the TV without saying anything, like a man with a pair of twos whose bluff has been called.”
According to Lewis, Trump hadn’t wanted a transition team and didn’t want to pay for one. Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor, had volunteered to lead a team, and after Christie told Trump it was a legal requirement to have a plan for the presidency, Trump agreed begrudgingly, Lewis wrote.
But later, after Trump read a news article that the team had raised money to pay people on it, Trump called Christie and Steve Bannon, his campaign chief, to Trump Tower, Lewis wrote.
According to Lewis, Trump yelled: “You’re stealing my money! You’re stealing my f—ing money! What the f— is this?”
Trump calmed down only when Bannon reminded him that if he didn’t have a team, people might think he wasn’t confident about winning, according to Lewis.