His name is Michael Wollf. He is an American author, essayist, and journalist, and a regular columnist and contributor to USA Today, The 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.
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.
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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