President Donald Trump attempted to prevent the publication of a new book about the inner-workings of his White House called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed it as “a book full of lies” and a “complete fantasy.”
The “gossipy account,” as Politico called it, makes some outlandish claims.
Here are just a few:
- Trump didn’t really want to be president.
- Melania Trump cried tears of anguish when he was elected.
- “100 percent of the people around” the president think he’s “a moron, an idiot.”
- Trump didn’t know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.
- Trump orders McDonald’s because he fears made-to-order food might be poisoned.
Trump later tagged Bannon with one of his infamous nicknames, calling him “Sloppy Steve.”
Author Michael Wolff moved the publication of his book up from next Tuesday to this Friday to take advantage of the publicity.
But as Business Insider reports, Wolff makes a gobsmacking admission that didn’t make it to the early excerpts of the book in Politico and other publications (emphasis added):
Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
Business Insider reports that Wolff explained he would let the reader sort out fact from fiction:
Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.
The Washington Post reports that Wolff also hurt himself when he admitted on NBC’s “Today” show that “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story,” which could mean Wolff mischaracterized the angle of his book to the White House.
Wolff also told the “Today” show that “I am certainly and absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I have reported.”