“Fire and Fury” Author Michael Wolff, says he can’t be sure everything is true
Who is Michael Wolff?
A New York Times report describes Wolff as, “a status-mad needler with a habit of being ejected from expensive restaurants, this is a new level of notoriety. He is accustomed to angering the Manhattan power elite, not the leader of the free world.” The article continues by saying, “But Mr. Wolff has picked up as many foes as fans during his years as a slashing columnist – perhaps more, even – and critics have raised questions about the veracity of his reporting, saying that he has a history of being casual with his facts.” Questions have arose regarding the truthfulness in Wolff’s past pieces of work from both his subjects and those who have read his books. President Trump referenced Wolff’s problematic past in his tweet about the book.
Michael Wolff’s explosive new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is said to give a detailed insight into the first nine months of Donald Trump’s Presidency. The Author, Michael Wolff, attributes the book to “more than 200 interviews” with people including President Trump himself and many members of his senior staff, the most prominent being former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The book was released today, (Friday, January 5th, 2018), and is already the #1 best seller on Amazon.
The most eye-catching claim made by Wolff quotes Bannon describing a meeting between Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lobbyist as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Controversy surrounding that meeting during the campaign prompted Donald Trump Jr. to release this statement via Twitter:
In the book, Bannon is quoted calling Ivanka Trump, “dumb as a brick.” This is not the first public display of animosity between the two. Previously, Bannon referenced Ivanka’s criticism for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore saying, “There’s a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better.” President Trump quickly responded to Bannon’s comments by saying,
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Full statement can be read here.
Wolff’s book also claims President Trump eats McDonald’s because he fears being poisoned. Wolff writes, “nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.” Wolff’s book also states President Trump and his staff never wanted to win the Presidential election.
Many details included in Wolff’s book have already been disputed by those referenced, the most obvious falsehood being Wolff’s claim that Donald Trump was unaware of who John Boehner was when former Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, recommended Trump hire him to be his Chief of Staff. Donald Trump has tweeted about Boehner many times as well as playing multiple rounds of golf with him. Here are some of the many tweets where Mr. Trump references the Former Speaker of the House:
Furthermore, Michael Wolff himself acknowledged that he can’t be sure if parts of his book are true. At the beginning of the book, Wolff included a note on page 10 of the prologue that reads, “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.” Wolff continues, “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.”
Upon release of the book, President Trump’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to both Michael Wolff, the book’s author, and the publisher. Critics of this decision say the move greatly increased interest and sales of Wolff’s book. You can read the letter here. President Trump also tweeted: