President Trump wanted to expel his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, from the Oval Office – to cough during an interview, according to footage from the ABC News session broadcast Sunday.
Trump was answering a question from George Stephanopoulos, presenter of "This Week", about whether he would make his financial statement to the Senate, when he suddenly asked for another take.
"No, at some point, I could, [turn it over], Said Trump. "It's a fantastic financial record, and so be it, it coughs in the middle of my answer."
"I do not like it, you know, I do not like it," Trump continued.
Stephanopoulos said: "Your chief of staff."
"If you're going to cough, leave the room," Trump replied. "You can not, you can not cough. Oh dear. Ok, you want to do it a little differently … "
It is unclear whether Mulvaney left the room, but the president returned to his answer, saying that at one point he would like people to see his financial statements.
He called the document "phenomenal".
When Stephanopoulos pointed out that it was up to Trump to decide whether or not he wanted to publish this statement, the president replied, "No … it's up to the lawyers to decide."
In the same highly teased interview, Trump said he would take information about his opponents for 2020 from foreign governments and he would not necessarily tell the FBI.
He also claimed that President Obama "should be aware" of the FBI's alleged efforts to make sure he does not win the presidency in 2016, and denied ordering the White House lawyer, Don McGhan, to refer special advocate Robert Mueller.