Donald Trump battles fire with fury: Excerpts from book that threaten to end his presidency

'Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House' paints Donald Trump as a man-child who didn’t actually want to win the presidential election, and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 7, 2018 7:09 pm
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When American journalist Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House released on Friday, days ahead of its schedule, it became an instant bestseller. The book offers explosive commentary on US President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the first year of his administration. Reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the President, his inner circle and key aides inside and outside the US administration, the book lifts the lid on how Trump is perceived by some within the White House.

Wolff claimed the Trump team was shocked by his win on election night and future First Lady, Melania Trump, was in tears, “and not of joy,” after learning that the former television celebrity would win. On inauguration day, Wolff writes, Trump “was visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed to be on the verge of tears and would return to New York.” The two reportedly have separate bedrooms (“the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms”).

Trump’s former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon too lends his voice to the book. In the book, the Breitbart News chief — who was fired by Trump after the Charlottesville violence — also accused Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr of “treasonous” behaviour while meeting a group of Russians in the Trump Tower. Charles Harder, Trump’s personal lawyer, told Reuters that “legal action is imminent” against Bannon.

An excerpt of the book revealed that on most days, Donald Trump preferred to be in bed by 6.30pm, watching his three televisions, eating a cheeseburger and making calls to his friends.

The book has been at the receiving end of the US President’s criticism. The US President lashed out against Steve Bannon and the author of the book, denying many of the allegations. Wolff on Saturday claimed that the book had raised questions about Trump’s ineptitude at handling the administration and may as well bring about his downfall. Read more here.

“I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect,” Wolff said in an interview to BBC radio on Saturday. “The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job…Suddenly everywhere people are going ‘oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes’. That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

So what exactly did the book say and what has been Trump’s response to it so far?

Fire and Fury: Bannon described the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous”, “unpatriotic” and “bad shit”. He also warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with Russia will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Trump: “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”

Donald Trump, Fire and Fury Inside the Trump House, Michael Wolff, Trump book, Steve Bannon, Bannon Trump, Indian Express, World News Donald Trump says in the statement that when Steve Bannon was fired, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” (AP Photo/File)

Fire and Fury: Wolff also wrote of how he sat down with Trump in his Beverly Hills home, in presence of Kushner and Trump’s aides, Hope Hicks and Corey Lewandowski. “I absolutely spoke to the President. Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it was certainly not off the record,” he was quoted as saying on NBC’s ‘Today’ program. Read more here.

Trump: “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!” Trump wrote on Twitter after excerpts from the book were beginning to make noise.

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Fire and Fury: Wolff claimed that many White House insiders questioned Trump’s competence as a President. He also wrote that Trump repeats himself constantly.

“Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his repetitions. It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories — now it was within 10 minutes,” Wolff wrote in a column this week. He also claimed that Trump spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends.

Trump: “Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence. Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!” he wrote in a series of tweets. Read more here.

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  1. Indian Singh
    Jan 7, 2018 at 7:32 pm
    Mr TRUMP became US President as the VOTERS of USA were FED UP with POODLE FAKING POLITICIANS who did not have the COURAGE to call a SPADE a SPADE. ........ BILLIONS of $ from the TAX PAID by US CITIZENS were being given to ROUGE COUNTRIES by previous US PRESIDENTS to be seen a "POLITICALLY CORRECT". ................. Mr TRUMP has shown the COURAGE to move off the beaten track to the total discomfort of US POLITICIANS and so such BOOKS viciously attacks Mr TRUMP. ..... An efficient LEADER can "EAT CHEESE BURGERS AND RELAX EVERY EVENING" if he has subordinates who understand and do the job as DIRECTED by PRESIDENT. The problem commences when the subordinates are from the same "POLITICALLY CORRECT GROUP of POLITICIANS" who wants to adhere to the established diplomatic niceties rather than TAKE the BULL by the HORN as directed by the US PRESIDENT .
    1. Sanjay Bhattacharya
      Jan 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm
      Actually the book writer knows that if he writes something atrocious about Trump, his book will sell quickly and he has taken this unethical advantage. If a man has no talent, he cannot become President of USA. It is very easy to come to lime light by saying something atrocious against important personalities. In India, gutter politician like Jignesh Mevani or joker like Rahul Gandhi become an instant breaking news when they spew their venom against Modi. But Modi always ignores such people and I think he does it right.
      1. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay
        Jan 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm
        Mr. Trump will certainly complete his term, but he will have to face many problems created by a particular nation who is the master of such games. Master's capacity to create a problem, to read the game and to control it, is unbelievable. Most of the problems, the world has been facing, will be wiped out once the master withdraws himself from interfering into the internal situations of different countries.
        1. Mohan Bhandari
          Jan 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm
          1. Yogesh Bhardwaj
            Jan 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm
            Its not going to happen. The media just keeps on exposing itself. The pea (read: the biased corrupt media) thinks it is dancing gracefully without realizing that simultaneously it is showing its nakedness
            1. Shridhar Shettigar
              Jan 7, 2018 at 6:21 pm
              You seem to be more knowledgeable about American politics than Trump himself.
              1. k 4329
                Jan 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm
                It seem Yogesh Bhardwaj is Bhakt
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