Michael Wolff, the author of the new controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, defended all of his claims in the new book Friday, January 8, 2017 on NBC, saying “I work like every journalist works. I have recordings.” The book gives accounts and quotes from members of Trump’s family and White House staff that question his intelligence and ability to serve as President of the United States. When asked about the credibility of the book, Wolff responded saying “My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked the earth at this point.”
The book quotes different members of Trump’s family and staff questioning is ability to govern and his competency as a person. Wolff writes that everyone he spoke with in Trump’s inner circle said he “acts like a child” and that “he is a moron, an idiot.” Wolf also claims that Trump “is illiterate” and that Trump’s former campaign CEO and advisor Steve Bannon called is campaign’s communication with Russian citizens “treasonous” and that the campaign should have “told the FBI” about the meetings. The book also quotes Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus calling Trump an “idiot” and that he “looked like he had seen a ghost” and his wife Melania was “in tears-and not of joy” on election night.
Trump responded to the book, calling it a “book of lies” and attacked Steve Bannon, saying he “lost his mind” when he was fired in August 2017. Trump also added that the author had “zero access” to the White House and its staff, a claim the author disputes.
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called the book “tabloid fiction” and questioned the credibility of the book. Trump also issued a “cease and desist” order to the publisher of the book, citing “actual malice” as reason for preventing publication. A large number of factual inaccuracies have been found in the prologue, as well as inconsistent information throughout the book.
The main theme of the book is Trump’s ability to serve as President of the United States, which is questioned repeatedly with claims and quotes from members of Trump’s campaign, family and White House staff. None of the claims or quotes in in the book have been independently verified by any journalist, author, newspaper or news outlet. This story is developing and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Cover image courtesy of AP/Evan Vucci.