A new book called The Fixers revealed that Donald Trump once had all the dinnerware from Mar-A-Lago fumigated after his political mentor and personal lawyer Roy Cohn attended the resort for a farewell dinner.
Cohn was dying from AIDS-related complications at the time and died in 1986.
He was 49.
The Fixers is an investigative book authored by Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld and portrays Trump's relationships with various "fixers" like lawyers Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani; and publishing magnate David Pecker, who enabled Trump's ascent to power.
In the book, the journalists claimed that Trump regaled his guests at Mar-A-Lago in November 2016 with a joke referencing the late Cohn, "whose homosexuality and promiscuity were an open secret."
During the dinner in preparation for his presidency, the authors quoted Trump reminiscing:
"I had to spend a fortune to fumigate all the dishes and silverware."
Cohn was a high-profile lawyer who registered as a Democrat but represented Republican presidents.
The pugnacious attorney also worked with the likes of mob bosses, politicians, and is notorious for representing anti-communist Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy during the "Lavender Scare" investigation in the 1950s.
Cohn's combative temperament and aggressive dealings of legal and political matters are known to have had a huge influence on the real-estate mogul while he represented him during the 70s and 80s.
The book mentioned their relationship.
"Cohn had had a great influence on Trump, but the two had been simpatico from the outset; Cohn had merely taken Trump's natural inclinations and refined them."
In later years, the book claimed that Trump had "distanced himself" from Cohn after he fell ill.
Despite Cohn's controversial reputation, people denounced Trump's lampooning of the lawyer.
The Wall Street Journal published an extract from the book, including this passage depicting Cohn as someone who:
"manipulated the media and the legal system to secure business advantages for Mr Trump."
"He cast his client as a fabulously successful developer who transformed his father's collection of low-end apartment buildings in Brooklyn and Queens into a Manhattan-based empire of luxury condominium towers.
"Mr Trump's views of media and celebrity were shaped by Cohn and his successors, the men he relied on to project a particular version of himself – one that often bore little resemblance to reality.
"Their careers with Mr Trump shed light on his rise in public life and his victory in the 2016 presidential election."
Considering the era of fear with the uninformed public as a result of the AIDS epidemic, some vouched for Trump's alleged fumigation tactic.
Still, the insensitive nature of the comment certainly rubbed people the wrong way.
Another passage from The Fixers reads:
"Trump called Cohn to check in as his illness progressed, though they weren't working together anymore."
Since its release on January 14, the book has already generated much praise. New York Times bestselling author John Carreyrou wrote:
"Of the dozens of books chronicling Donald Trump's presidency, The Fixers is destined to sit atop the pile."
"It has everything you look for in a political page-turner: Colorful characters, intrigue, sex, corruption and—unlike much of the Trump canon—meticulous, factual reporting by two ace reporters. What a read!"