25 Revelations re Donald Trump’s Presidency from The Fire and Fury


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His name is Michael Wollf.  He is an American author, essayist, and journalist, and a regular columnist and contributor to USA TodayThe Hollywood Reporter, and the UK edition of GQ.  He’s written several books, but the best known, until now is the The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch (2008).  However the upcoming release of “The Fire and Fury:  Inside the Trump White House” will surely secure his spot in history.  It seems fitting that the inspiration for the title came from Trump’s remarks regarding North Korea.

The same day that excerpts of the book were “leaked” Trump was threatening North Korea once again, suggesting that his “button” was bigger than Kim Jong Un’s.

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The publication of the book comes as no surprise.  On November 14th it was reported that Michael Wolff “has spent months inside President Trump’s West Wing (often unsupervised!), listening to senior officials pour out real-time accounts of their internal battles, maneuvering and frustrations. The result is a juicy, explosive book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” to be published Jan. 9 by Henry Holt.”

Key excerpts from the book include:

  1.  Donald Trump was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House, according to a new book.

2.  Ivanka Trump has ambitions to be the first female President.

3.  The book details Mr Trump’s regard for media titan Rupert Murdoch, though the admiration was apparently not mutual.

4.  Wollf says he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing” following the president’s inauguration for a close-up insight into the administration.

5.  Steve Bannon thought Don Jr.’s behavior in setting up the meeting with the Russians was “treasonous.”

6.  Trump was “befuddled” by his victory in the 2016 election.

7.  Rupert Murdoch calls Trump an ‘idiot.’

8.  Flynn knew his Russia ties might be a problem, but since he didn’t think Trump would win, he didn’t think the $45,000.00 he accepted for a speech would be a problem.

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9.  Charles Harder is the attorney representing Trump who has threatened to sue for defamation.  He is the same attorney who represented Harvey Weinstein, and threatened to sue  The New York Times over its reporting.

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Harder has taken the bold step of sending a letter late yesterday on behalf of Trump to Bannon, arguing that he violated the employment agreement he signed with the Trump Organization in numerous ways and also may have defamed the president. They ordered that he stop communicating either confidential and or disparaging information, and preserve all records in preparation for “imminent” legal action.

10.  Trump said “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,”… “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.

11.  The new book “paints Trump as a chauvinistic, petulant businessman and a reluctant victor on Election Day. It describes Trump as a showman who thought his foray into the political world would boost his brand and deliver “untold opportunities.”

12.  Trump reportedly called Attorney General Sally Yates “cunt” after she refused to uphold his travel ban targeting Muslim countries.

13.  Trump consumes McDonald’s out of fear of being poisoned.

14.  Trump makes a habit of pursuing his friends’ wives.

Trump thought “one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” the book says. To pursue that goal, he would allegedly put his pals’ spouses on speakerphone in his office and invite their husbands into the room to chat about explicit topics, unaware their wives were listening.

15.  The now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between the President’s eldest son and a group of Russians is described as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

16.  Bannon told Wolff that federal investigations into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign would likely focus on money laundering and ensnare the President’s family.

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” he said.

17.  “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose (senior prosecutor Andrew) Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f—ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

Manafort has been charged by Mueller with money laundering and other federal offenses for crimes that allegedly took place before he joined the campaign.

18.  Wolff recounts how Roger Ailes recommended former House speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to serve as Trump’s chief of staff. Trump’s response, according to Wolff: “Who’s that?”

19.  In another anecdote, billionaire Robert Mercer — a former Ted Cruz backer and Breitbart investor — offers Trump’s campaign $5 million, and Trump is clueless as to why Mercer would invest in him. “This thing,” Trump reportedly told Mercer of his campaign, “is so f—ed up.”

20.  Trump has read very little during his adult life, and continues to refuse to read information that is essential to making informed decisions.  In interviews, Trump has stated that he doesn’t feel the need to read much. His reason was that he can make decisions correctly “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”

According to former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, Trump’s ability to carry out his plans seemed questionable, hindered largely by a lack of skills—including reading comprehension.

21.  Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump, is also reportedly not much of a reader. Kyle Pope, a former employee for the New York Observer during Kushner’s time as publisher there, reported that Kushner wasn’t interested in reading his own paper, nor did he read other publications frequently, Newsweek reported in October. Pope revealed this in a tell-all piece written for the Columbia Journalism Review, of which he is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief.

22.  Mr. Bannon is quoted saying that Ivanka Trump was “dumb as a brick.”

23.  Mr. Trump, described by his spokeswoman as “furious, disgusted,” fired back by saying that Mr. Bannon had “lost his mind.”

In a written statement, the president excoriated Mr. Bannon as a self-promoting exaggerator who had “very little to do with our historic victory” in the 2016 presidential election and was “only in it for himself.” The book presents Mr. Trump as an ” ill-informed and thoroughly unserious candidate and president, engaged mainly in satisfying his own ego and presiding over a dysfunctional White House. It reports that early in the 2016 campaign, one aide, Sam Nunberg, was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” it quotes Mr. Nunberg as saying, “before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”

24.  The book cites an emai offering a harsh assessment of Mr. Trump’s operation. “It’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won’t read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”

25.  The book also asserts that Mr. Cohn and other advisers and associates of Mr. Trump deride him in private, calling him an “idiot,” a “dope” or “dumb” as dirt. Thomas J. Barrack, a friend and adviser to Mr. Trump, was quoted telling a friend that the president is “not only crazy, he’s stupid.”

Mr. Wolff clearly benefited from close cooperation from Mr. Bannon and the book is infused with his views. The author was frequently seen in Mr. Bannon’s office while he was still working in the White House. According to Ms. Sanders, Mr. Wolff spoke with the president just once, for five to seven minutes.

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After recovering from reading these explosive accounts of the insanity that has become the Trump White House, it is important to reflect on how we got here.

Whatever is true or not as reported in the book, it is clear that Trump should have foreseen that this was coming.  The fact that Trump chose Steve Bannon as a chief strategist, and allowed Wolff such access is a testament to the epic failure of judgment of Trump.

Because Trump has told so many lies in the past, there is no way for the public to assess the truth of the information about Trump.

A defamation suit will never be filed.  Can you imagine the testimony that would be elicited from Steve Bannon if called to testify about the truth behind the Trump White House?

This book, even if true, …and especially if true…is a total embarrassment for the country.  How could we elect such a fool?

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The following are just a few of the sources of the information used in this article:

https://chochilino.com/2018/01/03/10-explosive-claims-from-new-trump-book/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-slams-bannon-when-he-was-fired-he-not-only-lost-his-job-he-lost-his-mind/2018/01/03/21fb158a-f0aa-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.b71d812c933e

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/01/03/michael-wolffs-unbelievable-sometimes-literally-tell-all-about-the-trump-administration/?utm_term=.649a9aea9e3d

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-claims-steve-bannon-lost-mind-fired-article-1.3735372

http://www.newsweek.com/jared-kushner-donald-trump-cant-read-well-769997

 

14 thoughts on “25 Revelations re Donald Trump’s Presidency from The Fire and Fury

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  1. None of it is far fetched. It all seems true to me. We have witnessed most of this moron’s behaviorignorant writing and oratory skills on twitter and TV NEWS. I don’t understand people who keep supporting trump. Do they not see the damage he’s doing world wide? Do they not care YOUR kids are not safe. We are nothing but a laughing stock in the world. RWers see some WS hero we see a complete idiot who is beyond a sick level of WS and narcissism. Those behind trump are there only for the abuse of POC, and the reps are there for the money. REPUBS raping AMERICA is nothing to RWers. RW CONDONE RECESSION. They’ve been doing it for 30 yrs while these idiot RWers vote for their demise again and again. They will lose. They never won. It was a stolen election. Not meant for trump but just the same the repubs saw in trump the same level of racist hate towards DACA POC the POOR and that is why they keep him. He is getting away with cruel inhumane policies everything GOP couldn’t get away with before. Trump supporters are racists and feel that they FINALLY have their WS man for prez. Its all they wanted. They don’t care if they starve and die never get a job never make a decent buck. These people got their WHITE SUPREMACIST IDIOT just like them. You have to be ignorant to defend trump. You have to be a sleaze and used to burning people. You have to hate WOMEN and know they are for MOLESTING & RAPING in the REPUB PARTY! No protection for you RW WOMEN from GOP! You have to HATE like trump to like trump. Trump is the biggest loser of a white man. He brings shame to every white man in America. You have nothing to be proud of. NOTHING! But hey RW and GOP got their white supremacist loser in the WH. Trump will let them die in a minute if it means that much more money in our GOVT COFFERS for trumps and GOP’s self enrichment. SUCH RW RACIST IDIOTS!

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  2. Hi Malia –

    It is getting hard to keep with everything that is going on. I do think Trump is really deteriorating daily. He is close to a serious melt down. That video of Trump that played during Sanders’ briefing today was unnerving. He is seriously sick and just barely holding on.

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  3. Until now, Anyone who’s written a book or even long article about another’s life in this fashion I’ve called a bad person and I stand by that characterization. Mainly because said books have contained lies.

    But I support Wolff.

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  4. Breaking News!!!!

    Until the CDC can get to the bottom of it, all Evangelicals are being urged to immediately go on the All-Romaine Lettuce Diet.

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  5. How many people has 45 fired? Quite a few of them can probably write. This is just the opening salvo. Each subsequent book will reveal more of the dirt on the Trump family and their crimes.

    Must be frustrating to have a book full of words that detail accusations, and you neither read nor comprehend things in books.

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  6. Trump accusers are uniting on Monday to demand an investigation into trumps sexual assaults. Googling who trump has raped brings up some articles. He sure has gotten away with bad behavior his entire life. Unfortunately bill Clintons name pops up hanging with Epstein one of trumps friends. But if you research more on this, bill Clinton was raising money for the foundation with the help of this guy. And Hillary should not be swept into this male sex problem. I think the Clintons were set up by these cons. And I even think monica was hired to pull that crap on bill. Bill has a weakness but is not a predator as trump and Epstein.

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