The frequency of lies told by Donald Trump is astounding. “The sheer frequency, spontaneity and seeming irrelevance of his lies have no precedent. ” A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true.
The focus of this weekend’s media coverage is whether the allegations in the Fire and Fury are truthful. As a way of discrediting that book, Trump declared that Michael Wolff, the author of the bombshell new book, did not have access to the White House. Trump said:
However, not surprisingly, Trump did give Wollf access to the White House.
Michael Wollf explained that he interviewed Donald Trump for The Hollywood Reporter in June 2016, and Trump seemed to have liked — or not disliked — the piece Wollf wrote. After the election, Wolffe proposed to Trump that he’d come to the White House and report an inside story for later publication — journalistically, as a fly on the wall — which he seemed to be misconstrued as a request for a job. Trump seemed to say, knock yourself out.
Since the new White House was often uncertain about what the president meant or did not mean in any given utterance, his non-disapproval became a kind of passport for Wolffe to hang around — checking in each week at the Hay-Adams hotel, making appointments with various senior staffers who put my name in the “system,” and then wandering across the street to the White House and plunking himself down, day after day, on a West Wing couch.
The West Wing is configured in such a way that the anteroom is quite a thoroughfare — everybody passes by.
Politifact analyzed whether Wollf in fact had access. Politifact found that “even the public record shows that Trump’s statement is inaccurate.” Trump’s own press secretary admitted that Wolff had more than a dozen interactions with administration officials.
Wolff claims that over an 18-month period, he conducted more than 200 interviews with Trump and senior staff. In the course of reporting his book, Wolff said he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing.”
Sanders did not dispute that Wolff had been “seen often” with Bannon in his White House office.
“I know there were a number of times where he met with Steve. And I think they have both said and repeated that that happened,” she said in a Jan. 5 interview on Fox & Friends. “We looked at the logs. We know that they met on multiple occasions. He was frequently seen meeting with him. So I think that’s a pretty indisputable fact on that front.”
So Trump’s own press secretary says the author had access to administration officials at the White House. Politifact ruled that Trump’s statement that Wolff did not have access was FALSE!
Wolff had more than a dozen interactions with officials at the White House, according to Trump’s own press secretary. Press corps members also spotted Wolff at the White House on multiple occasions. Sanders also said Wolff and Trump spoke by phone for “five to seven minutes” after Trump became president, which contradicts Trump’s artful phrasing as to their communication.
THUS, Trump lends credibility to the book by lying about the author’s knowledge of White House activities.