Speaking on background, an unnamed WH source said that the president then sat at his desk and pointed to the phone saying “Just watch. They’ll be calling in an hour. This is how you play hardball, boys. I just scared the pants off them Frogs and they’re gonna come crawlin’ with offers, the best offers, tremendous offers. Make no mistake.”
We are told that seven hours later, the WH kitchen was ordered to bring a taco bowl to the president’s desk, which he ate alone, glancing at the phone between bites.