Trump and Boris Johnson once spent a considerable part of a meeting discussing how strong kangaroos are, book says

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Trump and Boris Johnson once spent a considerable part of a meeting discussing how strong kangaroos are, book says
Then-US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a working breakfast in Biarritz, France. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Image
  • Boris Johnson and Donald Trump once discussed the strength of kangaroos, Stephanie Grisham said.
  • Grisham, the former White House press secretary, recounted the conversation in an upcoming book.
  • She detailed Trump's views on other leaders and said he described France's president as a "wuss."

Former President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson once spent a "considerable" part of a meeting discussing how strong kangaroos were, the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in her upcoming tell-all, according to an excerpt in The Guardian.

Grisham, whose book about her year working in the White House from 2017 to 2018 is set to be published next week, said the pair's relationship was warm and "redefined the word random" as they riffed on a wide variety of topics during their meetings, including kangaroos and gallbladders.

"Johnson once told us over breakfast that Australia was 'the most deadly country - spiders, snakes, crocodiles and kangaroos'. Then they discussed how powerful kangaroos were at considerable length," Grisham wrote, per The Guardian.

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The report indicated that the conversation took place during a "working breakfast" at a Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations in Biarritz, France, in August 2019.

Johnson and Trump also veered onto the topic of gallbladders during the breakfast, according to Grisham.

"'Can you put a new gallbladder in?' Johnson asked, chomping away on scrambled eggs and sausage. 'I don't know what a gallbladder does,'" she wrote.

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Trump replied that "it has something to do with alcohol," Grisham wrote.

She also documented multiple other encounters Trump had with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

She wrote that White House staffers believed Putin had brought a "very attractive" translator to try to distract Trump during a 2019 meeting, which the Kremlin has since denied.

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She also wrote that Putin appeared to be trying to trigger Trump's germaphobia by coughing repeatedly as the pair spoke.

Grisham said Johnson was "one of the few European leaders Trump seemed to tolerate," adding that Trump had described French President Emmanuel Macron as a "wuss guy," The Guardian reported.

Trump has slammed Grisham for writing the book, saying that she wrote "bad and untrue things" about him because she was angry about a breakup with another former White House aide.

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