Embattled President Trump Confronts Faux Barack Obama In Resurfaced ‘The Apprentice’ Style Video

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President Donald Trump is shown firing an actor playing former President Barack Obama in a recently resurfaced video from 2012, when he was considering running for president.

Details about the video came to light in former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s book, Disloyal: A Memoir, out on Tuesday via Skyhorse Publishing. According to The New York Times, Cohen describes the making of a video where a video where “Trump ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him, a kind of fantasy fulfillment that it was hard to imagine any adult would spend serious money living out — until he did the functional equivalent in the real world.”

The scene was reportedly made for the 2012 Republican National Convention, but was axed from the broadcast. There were reports that year that Trump would make some kind of surprise appearance on the first night of the convention. But those plans were scuttled because of the threat of a hurricane striking the Tampa region, where the convention was held.

Related: Trump uses Twitter to fire back at Obama for DNC speech

In the book, Cohen calls himself “one of Trump’s bad guys,” and describes his former boss as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator and a con man.”

With the new book on Trump by Bob Woodward coming soon, and others by Trump’s niece Mary Trump and former FBI agent Peter Strzok that casts a critical eye on the president’s cozy relationship with Russia, the president is getting hammered on numerous fronts.

Perhaps the most damning came not from a book, but from a sourced article in The Atlantic which alleges the president denigrated U.S. soldiers, including calling those killed in combat “losers.”

But in this video published by something called “BirtherReportDotCom” — seemingly named for the false campaign to challenge Barack Obama’s birthright as an American, Trump takes part in a mock assessment of his predecessor in the form of his past career as a reality show host.

The video shows Trump in classic The Apprentice mode, berating the faux Obama about his lack of accomplishments and (ironically) how much he golfs, ending with Trump’s signature statement: “You’re fired!”

Watch the video above.

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