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Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie says Trump hired "riffraff"

Chris Christie and Donald Trump
President-elect Trump and then-Gov. Chris Christie in 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, writes in his forthcoming memoir — "Let Me Finish," out Jan. 29 — that President Trump filled his administration with "riffraff" instead of canny players who could help him overcome his impulses and shaky grasp of how government works.

Exclusive: The making of Trump's Enemies List

President Trump peering through a crack in an orange/red shade that looks like paper
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump was frustrated about leaks — specifically leaks attributed to "White House officials" — that were critical of him.

Behind the scenes: Cliff Sims, a young White House communications aide who had bonded with Trump during the campaign, slipped through the private dining room and was ushered into the private study, just off the Oval Office.

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