President Donald Trump reportedly made Hope Hicks, now his communications director, steam his pants while he was still wearing them and scolded her when she forgot the wrinkle-erasing device.
Hicks, who worked as his press secretary at the time, was in charge of making sure Trump’s pants and jacket were sharp when they flew on his private plane, according to excerpts in a Washington Post review of the new tell-all book by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski titled Let Trump Be Trump. According to Lewandowski, Trump would shout out for Hicks to grab the steamer, which he apparently called “the machine” and she would then get to work while his clothes were still on him.
“‘Get the machine!’” Trump would shout, according to the book. “And Hope would take out the steamer and start steaming Mr. Trump’s suit, while he was wearing it! She’d steam the jacket first and then sit in a chair in front of him and steam his pants.”
Hicks, a former model who reportedly loves Trump “like a father” once faced the then-candidate’s wrath when she left behind the key to his perfectly pressed clothes.
“God damnit, Hope!” Trump yelled. “How the hell could you forget the machine?”
“It was a mistake she would never make again,” reads the passage.
“. . . steam his pants . . . ” So that’s what Trump calls it.