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Former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows got drunk after accidentally guzzling White Claw hard seltzers during a morning meeting after the 2020 election, a new book claims.
Meadows, 64, who is a teetotaler, slammed three and a half of the spiked seltzers during a meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought — without realizing the beverages contained alcohol, his former aid Cassidy Hutchinson wrote in her memoir “Enough,” released Tuesday.
Hutchinson, 27, and her fellow aide Eliza Thurston found her boss, a “dedicated and faithful Southern Baptist,” under the influence on the couch after Vought left their meeting an hour early, she wrote.
“I was sitting here with Russ,” Mark explained, “and started to get thirsty. I know you girls keep my fridge stocked with sparkling water, so I went and got one. I sat back down and took a sip and thought, ‘Wow this is real good!’ I looked at it and saw it was Blackberry, and thought, ‘The girls never got me this one before,’” Meadows admitted, according to the book.
“I liked it a lot and drank it pretty quick, and went and got another. Grapefruit! Another new flavor! Then I got a third and remembered I hadn’t offered Russ one, so I did, and he looked at me all weird and said no,” the passage continued, noting that Russ also abstained from booze as a devout Mormon.
“Russ says to me, ‘Sir I know times are hard now, but are they really that bad? And then… it hit me,’” Meadows said, laughing, according to Hutchinson.
“My head started feeling funny, and I look down at the can and I saw that it was alcohol. I’m drinking alcohol on a Monday morning and I’ve never had a drink before.”
Meadows then learned that Trump was heading to the Oval Office — a rarity before noon, the book noted — and told his underling to tell the president he was making election calls so he could “sober up.”
The incident is one of the more lighthearted moments in Hutchinson’s book, which also alleged that Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani groped her on Jan. 6, 2021 and Meadows’ suits “smelled like a bonfire” because he was burning so many documents in the aftermath of the election.
Trump, Meadows and Giuliani are among the 19 people charged in connection with allegedly scheming to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.
Trump is also being charged by the feds in connection with his alleged efforts to overturn the election results. Giuliani is likely one of the unnamed co-conspirators in that case.
Meadows has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, in connection with his participation in a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where Trump urged him to “find” enough votes to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory there.
Hutchinson testified before the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot last year, claiming that Trump wanted supporters at his Stop the Steal rally to be carrying guns — and Meadows was “oddly detached” as the violent crowd stormed the building and tried to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s win.