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The Good Morning Britain star was once a public supporter of Mr Trump and cosied up to him while he hosted a CNN talk show in the US. This past year, Piers has become increasingly critical of the former world leader over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The ITV host was unfollowed by Mr Trump on Twitter over his public condemnation but later claimed his team bombarded him with messages to ask for his support. In a blunt swipe in his new book, Wake Up, he recounted a damning anecdote from the former President.
Ahead of Mr Trump’s apparent defeat by Joe Biden in the 2020 US election, Piers recalled an interaction with the former President and used his boastful words against him.
In April, he wrote: “I’m reminded of what Trump himself once told me about success. ‘You gotta win,’ he said.
“‘That’s what it’s all about. Muhammad Ali used to talk and talk, but he won. If you talk and talk but lose, the act doesn’t play’.
“Exactly. The President is currently talking and talking – but losing. And the act isn’t playing.”
Piers’ blast came after he called out the former President’s incorrect and dangerous claim that disinfectant could be used to treat coronavirus – a statement his team later suggested was “sarcastic”.
He vented his fury in his Daily Mail column, which he entitled: “SHUT THE F*** UP, MR PRESIDENT: Trump’s bats*** crazy coronavirus ‘cure’ theories are not just shockingly senseless and stupid – they’re going to kill people.”
Piers claimed the then-US President unfollowed him on Twitter after it was posted, which he believed was because he “didn’t like being told to shut the f*** up”.
In the column, the ITV star described Mr Trump’s remarks over the battle with coronavirus – which has led to 238,000 deaths in the US to date – was a “medical diatribe of nonsense”.
He felt that the “only fact” the former leader uttered during his April press briefing was: “I’m not a doctor.”
In his book Wake Up, which was released in October, Piers felt that Mr Trump had hit “a horrible new low” with his approach to pandemic.
He wrote: “But by far the most reckless and dangerous thing Trump has done is use the most powerful podium on earth to air his bats*** crazy theories about how to beat the virus.”
Despite the fallout, Piers claimed Mr Trump’s team sent “automated emails” in July, where they asked for support, amounting to a “literal bombardment”.
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He wrote: “It shows me that they’re panicking, they must be panicking [as] I’ve never had it before. So there’s a real battle now.”
The comments came months before Joe Biden was declared President-elect – after reportedly winning 290 Electoral College votes, 20 more than he needed to secure victory.
Current estimations show that Mr Trump won 214 votes and has threatened legal action over baseless claims of voter fraud.
Piers could be set for a less contemptuous relationship with President-elect Biden after the future leader previously thanked him for a piece he wrote about his late son Beau.
Back in 2015, the Democrat’s son died from brain cancer at the age of 46.
Piers recently spoke out about a call he received from then-Vice President Biden, during Barack Obama’s second term.
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The broadcaster was told that his words in a MailOnline column gave him and his family “great strength” at a “very difficult time”.
Mr Biden told him: “I could see that it came from your heart. And I wanted you to hear this from my own voice, so you understand how much it meant to all of us.”
Piers replied: “I meant every word, sir. Your son was a remarkable man.”
He claimed that Mr Biden’s “voice began cracking with emotion” and it was “not a conversation” that he “ever expected to have” with someone so high up in the US administration.
Piers recalled: “I could feel myself choking up… I have four children of my own. The mere thought of losing one of them is my worst nightmare.”
Piers Morgan’s book Wake Up: Why the World has Gone Nuts was published by HarperCollins last month and is available here
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