On Saturday, The New York Times reported on White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II’s interviews that detailed President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Russia investigations among other things.
The detail that the internet latched onto, however, was the information about Trump’s nickname behind his back. According to people close to McGahn via the Times, the counsel called the president “King Kong” in reference to Trump’s explosive anger.
The internet, of course, ran with this.
— Notagreatdrummer (@Notagreatdrumm1) August 18, 2018
Don McGahn calling Trump “King Kong” is completely unfair to giant overgrown apes who attach themselves to the sides of large buildings and terrorize the populace everywhere.
— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) August 18, 2018
King Kong had anger issues and grabbed women without their consent. But, unlike Trump, he had a heart and big hands. pic.twitter.com/qepaUnR3j9
— VivBWoke (@VivBWoke) August 18, 2018
Trump tweeted defending his relationship with McGahn saying that he allowed Gahn to “fully cooperate” with the Special Counsel throughout the investigations while referring to the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel. In addition we readily gave over one million pages of documents. Most transparent in history. No Collusion, No Obstruction. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018