And suddenly it all unraveled.
The tantalizing new book by journalist Michael Wolff, titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has caused quite a storm in Washington.
The book is chock-full of juicy revelations about President Trump, including remarks by staffers who think the President is an immature idiot not fit for his role as chief executive. Journalists are gobbling up Wolff’s slanderous tract, and are eagerly spreading around its most damning quotes on social media.
Yesterday, President Trump attempted to stop publication of the book by threatening legal action. It was to no avail, and the book was released late last night to select book stores.
President Trump used the opportunity to further attack Wolff and his credentials as an inside source within the White House:
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 shot back at Trump this morning on The Today Show, confirming that he stands by his reporting. Wolff went even further, confirming claims that staffers really do believe Trump is too infantile for the job of president.
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That’s all funny because even Wolff says in his book that much of what he allegedly learned in the White House may not be true. According to Business Insider, “The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in the book that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true.”
In the prologue of his sure-to-be best-seller, Wolff admits some staffers may have been lying to him. He makes no effort to corroborate their stories, and merely quotes them to let the reader decide. Here is the admission from the book:
“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.
“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.”
Well, now. Isn’t that interesting? Wolff readily admits he doesn’t always believe his sources. Yet he includes them anyway.
Do you think Wolff has another angle here? Is he including possibly false stories to make Trump look bad? Tell us your thoughts below!
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