The author begins this chapter by mentioning a phone call conversation between Steve Bannon and David Bossie that happened back in 2010. The conversation is about meeting Donald Trump who has an interest in running for president (Woodward 17). Bannon cannot believe what he is hearing as he has never seen Trump as a serious figure. He believes that Trump can never run for president, and most importantly of all, he cannot hope to compete against Obama (Woodward 17). However, Bossie thinks that Trump is serious and thus manages to convince Bannon to accompany him to New York for the meeting.
Bannon and Bossie arrive at Trump Tower and Donald Trump greets them warmly. Bossie has a detailed presentation depicting an effective way of winning the Republican primary and running for president against Obama (Woodward 18). Bossie insists that one has to know many things, both small and large if he is to run for president. He also claims that to be a successful Republican candidate then one has to be pro-life, especially if he is to win in a Republican primary. However, Trump is pro-choice and thus he must change his opinions to fit the mold, they also discuss Trump’s voting history and donating records. Nevertheless, he provides a roadmap saying that Trump has to operate as if he is running for governor in three states, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He is sure that the other states will follow if the candidate focuses on these three states (Woodward 20). In addition to this, Trump has to write individual checks to congressmen and senators, as well as writing a policy book showing his opinions on the United States and current policies.
Despite the efforts, Bannon still thinks that Trump will not be successful in a Presidential run. He believes that Trump will not write the cheques, nor will he write the policy book (Woodward 21). In fact, he claims that there is a zero chance that Trump is going to run.