Spoiler Warning: Steve orders Franklin to kill Trevor Philips , due to the latter's uncontrollable temper making him a liability for the FIB. Realizing that he needs someone close to Michael to pull the trigger, he orders Franklin to murder Michael under threat of severe repercussion, while Steve Haines orders Franklin to murder Trevor.
The New York Times. Whenever people call him on his crooked ways, he accuses them of being racist. Baffled, Trevor remarks that he has been nothing but truthful to Franklin, which the latter accepts but does not let down the gun.