Donald Trump imagined lions eating a “pretty thick guy” on the golf course after it was suggested he build a resort in Africa, Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in their newly-released book “Peril.”
Trump’s comments came during a round of golf with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and South African golfer Gary Player at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Florida, in May 2021, according to the book out Tuesday.
Trump dismissed Player when the nine-time Major champion, who faced backlash in January for accepting the Medal of Freedom from the then-president the day after the U.S. Capitol riot, floated his idea of a resort “in the wilds of South Africa,” per the book.
“What happens, Gary, when two lions look out and say, ’You know, that’s a pretty thick guy. I’d like to eat him. Let’s go eat him,” Trump reportedly joked in response.
Player noted “fences and stuff” could keep the big cats away.
Trump, who as president drew fierce blowback when he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” wasn’t convinced, and asked, “You mean they can’t climb over a fence?”
Player suggested golfers could find safety in a Jeep. Trump was again doubtful, asking, “How do you know they won’t come into the Jeep?”
“I’m not betting my life on it,” Graham, a Trump sycophant, reportedly chimed in.