After pushing up the release date of his controversial new Trump book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” author Michael Wolff appeared on NBC's “Today” on Friday morning to defend his work.
Wolff forcefully responded to the president's criticism of his book. “My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point,” he said.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted he had never spoken with Wolff for the book and had not authorized access to the West Wing:
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
Wolff refuted that, saying he “absolutely” spoke with Trump throughout the course of his writing:
“Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record. I spoke to him after the inauguration, yes. And I had spoken to, I mean I spent about three hours with the president over the course of the campaign and in the White House so my window into Donald Trump is pretty significant.”
The author, faced with heavy skepticism about the contents of the explosive book, also claimed to have maintained records of his interviews with administration officials quoted in his book.
“I have recordings, I have notes, I am certainly and absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I have reported,” he said, adding he did not believe any of his previous reporting had ever needed a correction.
As for the cease-and-desist letter from the president's personal legal team, Wolff appeared appreciative for all of the buzz Trump had helped drum up about his new book.
“Where do I send the box of chocolates?” Wolff asked. “Not only is he helping me sell books but he’s helping me prove the point of the book. This is extraordinary that a president of the United States would try to stop the publication of a book.”
You can watch the full interview below.