Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump campaign and administration, Fire and Fury: Inside the White House, was unofficially released on Wednesday January 3, 2018, six days before its official release date of January 9, 2018.
Wolff conducted conversations and interviews over a period of 18 months with the president and members of his senior staff during Trump’s campaign and subsequent role as President.
Following his inauguration on January 20, 2017, Trump encouraged Wolff to almost semi-permanently reside “on a couch in the West Wing.” Wolff became “more a constant interloper than an invited guest.” There were no ground rules placed on his access, and he was required to make no promises about how he would report on what he witnessed.
In his first response to the book, Donald Trump claimed that Steve Bannon had:
“Lost his mind!”
By Wednesday evening, Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement:
“This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement on the book:
“This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House. Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy.” Wednesday January 3, 207 claiming:
Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokesperson responded to claims in the book that Melania was upset following Trump’s win, with:
“The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.”
The most important section of the book details aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation and is attributed to Steve Bannon:
Donald Trump Jnr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in June 2016 after Trump Jnr had promised incriminating documents against Hillary Clinton. Bannon is claimed to have said the following:
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.”
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
“The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
For full details of the Trump Russia investigation, visit here.
The following are some of the other eye-opening quotes and comments from the book:
Ann Coulter, the conservative social and political commentator attempted to tell Trump not to hire his children:
Nobody is apparently telling you this. But you can’t. You just can’t hire your children.
How Ivanka Trump would often discuss the mechanics of Donald Trump’s hair:
She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp reduction surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.
On Trump’s fear of poisoning and reasoning why he eats McDonalds:
Then he imposed a set of new rules: nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.)
On Trump’s reading or lack of:
He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-literate. He trusted his own expertise—no matter how paltry or irrelevant—more than anyone else’s.
On other White House staff members:
When he got on the phone after dinner, he’d speculate on the flaws and weaknesses of each member of his staff. Bannon was disloyal (not to mention he always looks like shit). Priebus was weak (not to mention he was short—a midget). Kushner was a suck-up. Sean Spicer was stupid (and looks terrible too). Conway was a crybaby. Jared and Ivanka should never have come to Washington.
On Hope Hicks and her on-off romantic relationship with Corey Lewandowski:
Shortly after [former campaign manager Corey] Lewandowski, with whom Hicks had an on-and-off romantic relationship, was fired in June 2016 for clashing with Trump family members, Hicks sat in Trump Tower with Trump and his sons, worrying about Lewandowski’s treatment in the press and wondering aloud how she might help him. Trump, who otherwise seemed to treat Hicks in a protective and even paternal way, looked up and said, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have,” sending Hicks running from the room.
On Trump’s sexual pursuit of his friends’ wives:
Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed. In pursuing a friend’s wife, he would try to persuade the wife that her husband was perhaps not what she thought. Then he’d have his secretary ask the friend into his office; once the friend arrived, Trump would engage in what was, for him, more or less constant sexual banter. Do you still like having sex with your wife? How often? You must have had a better fuck than your wife? Tell me about it. I have girls coming in from Los Angeles at three o’clock. We can go upstairs and have a great time. I promise…And all the while, Trump would have his friend’s wife on the speakerphone, listening in.
On Jared Kushner’s and Ivanka Trump’s deal that Ivanka would take first shot at a future Presidency:
Jared and Ivanka had made an earnest deal between themselves: if sometime in the future the time came, she’d be the one to run for president (or the first one of them to take the shot). The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton, it would be Ivanka Trump.”
On Rupert Murdoch called Trump a “fucking idiot” after a phone call:
“On December 14, a high-level delegation from Silicon Valley came to Trump Tower to meet him. Later that afternoon, according to a source privy to details of the conversation, Trump called Rupert Murdoch, who asked him how the meeting had gone.
“Oh, great, just great,” said Trump. “These guys really need my help. Obama was not very favorable to them, too much regulation. This is really an opportunity for me to help them.”
“Donald,” said Murdoch, “for eight years these guys had Obama in their pocket. They practically ran the administration. They don’t need your help.”
“Take this H-1B visa issue. They really need these H-1B visas.”
Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders. But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, “We’ll figure it out.”
“What a fucking idiot,” said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.
On Trump’s grand plan for when he lost the election:
Not only did Trump disregard the potential conflicts of his own business deals and real-estate holdings, he audaciously refused to release his tax returns. Why should he? Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning.