But Axelrod told Balz that the conversation occurred after he had called Trump, not the other way around. Trump, now at the top of some polls on nominees for the GOP presidential candidate, “contacted me originally asking to be put in charge of the operation in the gulf to seal the oil leak.” That would have been in late June or so.

Well, they had been using hair to soak up some of the oil from the BP well, and Trump has plenty of that. The well had been out of control for two months by then and there was that constant image of oil spewing in the gulf, despite numerous efforts to stop it. Nobody seemed to know what to do.

“I know how to run big projects,” Trump told Axelrod. “Why don’t you put me in charge?”