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Trump seen as a child by staff, says Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff
BBC, 6 minutes ago
Dozens queued for the midnight release of Fire and Fury
The author of a controversial book on Donald Trump's White House has defended his reporting, saying that he stands by everything he wrote and that the president's staff see him as a "child".
Michael Wolff, who says the book is based on about 200 interviews, was responding to the president's claims that it was "full of lies".
Mr Trump says he never spoke to him but Mr Wolff told NBC's Today show that they spent three hours together.
The book has now gone on sale early.
Mr Trump's lawyers had tried to block publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, alleging it contained many falsehoods.
The president himself tweeted on Friday that the "phony new book" was being pushed by the media and others to hurt him. He added: "They should try winning an election. Sad!"
Mr Wolff has hit back against White House attacks, saying the president has no credibility and that "100% of the people around him" question his fitness for office.
He added that White House staff described the president as childlike because "he has the need for immediate gratification. It's all about him... This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball just shooting off the sides".
The book cites former top aide Steve Bannon as describing a meeting at Trump Tower in New York between a Russian lawyer and Trump election campaign officials, including Mr Trump's son Donald Jr, as "treasonous".
Both Mr Trump Jr and his father deny any collusion with Russians took place.
It also portrays Mr Trump as being surprised at winning the presidency.
Mr Wolff said it was "extraordinary" that the president of the US would try to stop publication of his book, a move that "the CEO of a mid-sized company" would not attempt.
Mr Trump said he had not given Mr Wolff access to the White House nor spoken to him for the book.
Mr Wolff responded: "What was I doing there if he didn't want me to be there? I absolutely spoke to the president... It was not off the record."
He said he had spent three hours with Mr Trump in total, both during the election campaign and after the inauguration.
Asked if attempts to block the book's publication, and the attendant publicity, had helped sales, Mr Wolff smiled and said: "Where do I send the box of chocolates?"
What else is in the book?
Mr Wolff's book makes many claims, including that:
The Trump team was shocked and horrified by his election win
His wife, Melania, was in tears of sadness on election night
Mr Trump was angry that A-list stars had snubbed his inauguration
The new president "found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary"
His daughter, Ivanka, had a plan with her husband, Jared Kushner, that she would be "the first woman president"
Ivanka Trump mocked her dad's "comb-over" hairstyle and "often described the mechanics behind it to friends"
The book is reportedly based on more than 200 interviews but some excerpts have been criticised and questioned.
Still, even if only half of what the book contains is true, it paints a damning portrait of a paranoid president and a chaotic White House, BBC North America editor Jon Sopel says.
One of the key claims is about the Trump Tower meeting. Mr Bannon is quoted in the book as saying about it: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV."
The meeting is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his inquiry into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russians.
What has the White House said about Bannon?
Mr Trump said Mr Bannon - who was sacked in August - had "lost his mind" after losing his White House position.
President Trump faces questions about his relationship with former top aide Steve Bannon
On his Breitbart radio show on Wednesday, Mr Bannon responded to the president's criticism by saying Mr Trump was a "great man" and that he supported him "day in and day out".
On Thursday a reporter asked Mr Trump if his former strategist had betrayed him.
"I don't know, he called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick," the US leader responded.
Reports suggest that more conservative factions in the Republican party have backed Mr Trump amid the fall-out from the book.
"I don't know anyone in the conservative movement that's supporting Steve over Donald Trump right now in this," Trump ally and Newsmax website editor Christopher Ruddy told Reuters news agency.
Billionaire conservative donor Rebekah Mercer, a Breitbart investor who had backed Mr Bannon financially, also cut ties with the former strategist, saying: "I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected".
What did Mr Trump's lawyers argue?
The legal notice demands that Mr Wolff and the book's publisher "immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book".
It accused Mr Wolff of making "numerous false and/or baseless statements" about Mr Trump and said lawyers were considering pursuing libel charges.
Attorney Charles J Harder also sent a cease-and-desist letter to Mr Bannon on Wednesday, saying he had violated a non-disclosure agreement.
The book was due to come out next Tuesday but publication was advanced following the legal moves.
He's a provocateur who's said to love a brawl and once bemoaned the glare of the spotlight — and the bigger disappointment of watching it move on.
"You think, well, what am I, chopped liver?" author Michael Wolff said in 2009 about coverage of his divorce, according to Women's Wear Daily.
Obscurity is a threat to Wolff no longer.
His explosive new book on U.S. President Donald Trump is drawn from what he said was regular access to the West Wing and more than 200 interviews, including with Trump. It blew open what seems an inevitable feud between the publicity-loving president and his former adviser Steve Bannon, who is quoted extensively and unflatteringly describing Trump, his family and advisers.
Shell-shocked White House aides scrambled to control the fallout of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House this week as excerpts were published ahead of the book's scheduled Jan. 9 release. The publisher announced late Thursday that it would move up the release to Friday because of "unprecedented demand."
"Thank you, Mr. President," Wolff tweeted.
Trump tweeted late Thursday that Wolff's book was fiction and reliant on fake sources.
"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.
"Complete fantasy" is how White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Wolff's book Thursday, as the president's allies increasingly raised questions about Wolff's credibility.
Trump's lawyers sent Wolff and his publisher cease-and-desist letters, as they had to Bannon. The book, Sanders continued, contains "mistake after mistake after mistake." She said the White House had rejected some two dozen of Wolff's requests for an interview with Trump.
Questions over accuracy
The 64-year-old author and blogger has given Trump's allies fodder, particularly with an acknowledgment in the introduction that he could not resolve discrepancies between some accounts in a White House riven by rivalries.
"Many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue," Wolff writes of some accounts. "Those conflicts and that looseness with the truth, if not reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book." He says he "settled on a version of events I believe to be true."
For example, Wolff writes in the book that Trump didn't know who former House Speaker John Boehner was on election night 2016. Sanders disputes that, pointing to public photos that show the golf enthusiasts had hit the links over the years. Two people close to Boehner confirmed that and said they had spoken before and after the election.
Sanders also derided Wolff's contention in the book that Trump and his family had not wanted to win the election.
Steve Bannon, who was one of the president's strategists, listens as Trump speaks during a meeting in the White House on Jan. 31. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
For his part, Trump went after Bannon in an unusual White House statement. Wolff and his publisher did not respond to a request for comment and an interview.
Wolff built his four-decade career writing about some of the world's rich and powerful people — including Rupert Murdoch — in seven books and across a wide range of newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, he critiqued the media. And often, he got scathing reviews back on his writing style, his focus on atmospherics and his factual mistakes.
"One of the problems with Wolff's omniscience is that while he may know all, he gets some of it wrong," wrote the late David Carr in the New York Times, noting some discrepancies in dates in Wolff's 1988 book about Murdoch, The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch.
'Media should not be the story'
But Wolff was getting support from other corners Thursday. Janice Min, an owner of the Hollywood Reporter, tweeted that she was one of the few guests at a dinner reported in the book at Roger Ailes's house in January last year.
According to Wolff, Bannon discussed Trump's plans for appointing Cabinet and other advisers and Ailes warned him about the qualifications of some. "It's not a deep bench," Bannon acknowledged, according to the book.
"So I was one of the 6 guests at the Bannon-Ailes dinner party in January 2017 and every word I've seen from the book about it is absolutely accurate," Min tweeted.
Nearly a year ago, Wolff disparaged news outlets covering their own industry even in the time of Trump.
"The media should not be the story," he said on CNN in February.
Around the same time, Wolff also wrote a prescient Newsweek column about how the still-new and struggling Trump White House and the media might reach a balance or detente.
At the time, Wolff had been spotted multiple times by a reporter who now works for The Associated Press on the White House grounds with a "blue badge" — instead of a traditional press badge — that gave Wolff wide access to the West Wing.
One former White House official said Wolff was known to camp out for hours in the West Wing lobby after meetings, sitting on a sofa as he waited to talk to staffers passing by.
"It is not at all unlikely that each side, no matter how determined to kill the other, emerges into a new and beneficial normal — and perfect balance, with news media ratings and profits soaring and the many Trump dramas commanding our undivided attention," Wolff wrote in the Feb. 10 column. "Until one side makes an error or gains the advantage, and there's a kill."
© The Associated Press, 2018
2018-01-05 06:45:11 来源： 新华网
(CNN) Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reiterating his support for President Donald Trump after his former boss blasted him over explosive comments he made in a new book.
Speaking on Breitbart radio Thursday morning, Bannon assured a caller that "nothing will ever come between us and President Trump and his agenda" adding that "we're tight on this agenda as we've ever been.
On Wednesday night, Bannon praised Trump personally while hosting the Breitbart News Tonight radio show on SiriusXM.
"The President of the United States is a great man," he said. "You know, I support him day in and day out."
The book is so hot, and was sold out very quickly in many stores on the release day. White House might be able to get some copies but don't expect any discount
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It would be nice to see these Trump's casualities made onto coins for people to collect and play with. Something can be done by Royal Canadian Mint?