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New book says Trump hired Black man to play Obama, ‘belittled and fired him’ in video

In Disloyal: A Memoir, Michael Cohen has described Donald Trump as 'a cheat, a liar, a fraud' & a person interested in using the presidency 'exclusively for his personal financial benefit'.

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New Delhi: Michael Cohen, a former attorney of Donald Trump, has accused the US President of making racist remarks against his predecessor, Barak Obama.

In his upcoming book, Disloyal: A Memoir, slated to be released this week, Cohen has described Trump as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man and a person interested in using the presidency exclusively for his personal financial benefit”.

Cohen also said Trump’s disdain for Barack Obama was “so extreme” that he would publicly question the former President’s birthplace. In private, Trump would describe Obama as a “Manchurian candidate” who graduated with an Ivy League degree only through “affirmative action”.

According to a CNN report citing Cohen, after Obama became the US President in 2008, Trump had said, “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a sh*thole…They are all complete f*cking toilets.”

Cohen’s upcoming book also includes a photo of Trump sitting at his desk with a Black man seated across from him. The man was reportedly hired to play Obama. The book contains a screenshot of the video in which Trump “ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him”.

After Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013, the CNN report said, Trump had allegedly remarked that “Mandela f*cked the whole country (South Africa) up. Now it’s a sh*thole. F*ck Mandela. He was no leader.”

As Trump readied to announce his presidential bid in 2015, he had allegedly told Cohen, “…I will never get the Hispanic vote…Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump. They’re not my people.”

Trump had won 28 per cent of the Latino vote that year.

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Cohen also guilty of ‘nine counts of federal crimes’

The report also said Cohen himself had in 2018 pleaded guilty to “nine counts of federal crimes, including tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign-finance violations”.

Cohen and his prosecutors had then said the campaign finance violations were committed at the behest of Trump to help him win the 2016 presidential elections.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has told The Washington Post, “Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies.”

The CNN report also alluded to a prison term that Cohen had served during which he “became even more convinced that Trump will never leave office peacefully”.

‘Trump enamored with Putin’s wealth’

According to Cohen’s new book, Trump is “enamored” with “(Vladimir) Putin’s wealth and unilateral influence”, while also being “awestruck” by what the US president considers is Putin’s “ability to control everything from the country’s press to its financial institutions”.

Cohen, however, does not believe that Trump and his team could have worked with the Russians during the 2016 presidential elections. He called the President and his team “too disorganised” to do so.

“What appeared to be collusion was really a confluence of shared interests in harming Hillary Clinton in any way possible, up to and including interfering in the American election — a subject that caused Trump precisely zero unease,” Cohen writes, according to the CNN.

Cohen also said Trump expected to lose the 2016 presidential elections and his aim “in cozying up to Putin was to position himself to benefit financially from a planned real-estate development in Moscow after the election”.

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