At some point before announcing his run for Presidency, Donald Trump sought the advice of Fox News host Dana Perino.
And honestly, she went full snowflake on this, if you ask me, even going as far as to lay in a “fetal position under her desk”. Like really? He didn’t even pull a Weinstein on you!
All he did was ask her for advice.
“He wanted to know if I thought he could be successful for 2012 campaign primary,” she recalled.
Perino had no advice for him.
“I need to be honest with you, Sir,” she remembered telling him. “I’m flattered that you asked me, but I’ve actually never worked on a campaign.” She said she understood politics but wouldn’t say she had any great knowledge about Iowa.
So Pernio punted him off to GOP Strategist Karl Rove.
“I said, you know, who you really need to talk to, [is] Karl Rove. He sent me off on my way. Gave me a gift bag…a couple of ties for Peter,” she said. (Peter is Perino’s husband.)
Perino immediately called Rove: “I said, I’m sorry, but I sent Trump your way for Iowa.”
Then came April, 2015. Perino’s first book, And The Good News Is, was published. Someone on her staff suggested she send it to him.
“I was a little shy to do it,” she said.
Still, she sent him her book. Sure enough, he called.
“He sent me a letter congratulating me and he tweeted about the book,” Perino said. “It was really nice of him to do, right? If I had known he was going to run for president, I would have never sent it to him.”
Perino said she would never want there to be a perception of a quid pro quo with Trump.
“Do you think he thought that?” Weinstein asked.
Perino replied, “I know he did.”
After Trump announced his intent to run for president, Perino appeared on Fox News’s The Five and asked, “On what planet is this a good idea?” She explained on the podcast, “It wasn’t that I don’t like him personally — it was that I wanted the Republican Party to win.”
“He got really mad,” she said. “He had pointed out that I had wanted help on my book and that I had done wrong by him. I would never have asked him to look at my book if that was going to require a loyalty I wouldn’t have given as an opinion journalist. I have to tell you, I was like in a fetal position under my desk.”
Perino said half the attacks against her were from overseas bots.
Ten days into his race — in June, 2015 — Trump called.
“I was scared to talk to him,” Perino recalled. But she thought to herself, if she doesn’t take his call, he’s going to ask her to call him back and he’s going to say she called him.