Trump Phone Call With Republican Is Overheard, Recorded, And Handed Over To The New York Times
Jim Inhofe, a Republican Senator from Oklahoma is one of President Trump’s most loyal followers who promised to vote down any bill aiming to rid military bases of Confederate names. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times published a report detailing a phone call Trump had with Inhofe while the Senator was eating in an Italian restaurant on Wednesday. According to the report, Trump was speaking so loudly that the conversation could be heard by people around Inhofe and someone recorded the conversation and handed it over to the NYT.
The report said, “The conversation, overheard and recorded by someone in the room, ranged from a discussion about Anthony Tata, the retired Army brigadier general whose nomination for a top Pentagon policy position has become complicated, to Mr. Trump’s desire to preserve the name of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, on a military base.” Trump then asked Inhofe, “We’re gonna keep the name of Robert E. Lee?” Inhofe replied, “Just trust me, I’ll make it happen.”
Haberman described the response she got after posting about the situation on Twitter. She said, “I had about 95,000 positive retweets on that. That is a lot,” said Trump, citing a Tweet he posted last Friday. Inhofe promised he would not change the names of “military forts and bases” and that the senator “is not a believer in ‘Cancel Culture.’”
Many would point out that Congress has already authorized the name changes in the recent defense reauthorization bill with the vast majority voting for the change. Trump says he will veto but it remains to be seen if he will do it since the numbers put him in a position to possibly have his veto overwritten.
Read the full report here.