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Donald Trump & Chris Christie Fought Over Cell Phone Germs, New Book Claims


Donald Trump and Chris Christie's relationship reportedly deteriorated for literally a nasty reason: germs.

According to Devil's Bargain, a new book examining Trump's 2016 election win written by Bloomberg Businessweek senior national correspondent fJoshua Green, Christie's fall from Trump's favor stemmed from an incident on election night.

Christie, New Jersey's governor, told Trump that then-President Barack Obama would call him instead of the new president-elect, according to excerpts of the book published by the Daily Mail.

Christie reportedly told Trump,

Trump then reportedly said,

As the story goes, Trump was disgusted at the idea of using Gov. Christie's phone, and the election night exchange was ultimately a significant misstep in their relationship, according to the book.

Devil's Bargain was released on Tuesday, July 18.

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President Trump has indeed made no secret of the fact that he is a germaphobe. During a January news conference, denying the allegations of a salacious Russian dossier, Trump told reporters,

On the night of Monday, July 18, another story denial was made, this time by Christie spokesman Brian Murray, who told the Daily Beast,

The veracity of Green's story aside, Christie is very clearly out of the president's circle. Otherwise, it's unlikely we'd see the governor criticizing Donald Trump Jr. the way he did this week.

As for why, exactly, he's out of the circle, there's certainly one theory thanks to the new book -- and it's a nasty one.