Fire and Fury Book: “Trump exhibited symptoms of deteriorating mental health”
Fire and Fury was stirring plenty of controversy days before being made available to the public, as egregious excerpts of Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump White House began leaking online earlier this week. The president himself eventually got involved, demanding that Henry Holt and Co. stop publication of the book, with his lawyer citing potential claims for libel. Of course, the publishing company went ahead with releasing it anyway, even bumping up the release date to Friday. (Buy it here.)
Now that the book has been made available in its entirety — you can check out our mostly positive review here — it’s safe to say that the juicy teases to be printed by the likes of New York magazine and The Hollywood Reporter were no fluke. Fire and Fury is filled with bizarre, fascinating, and, well, slightly horrifying details about what went on during the Trump administration’s first year in office, virtually all of which have been strongly denied by Trump and his staff.
Keeping in mind that most of these should be taken with a heavy grain of salt, below, we run down and quote 10 of Wolff’s wildest claims, both already known (and pored over) and yet to be excerpted, from his time in the White House.
Nobody was shy about talking to Wolff
Early on, Wolff actually thanks the Trump advisers and allies who spoke with him, granting them a certain level of appreciation. But given what Wolff quotes in the book, it’s a little strange that people close to the president would be so, erm, candid with him: “For whatever reason, almost everyone I contacted — senior members of the White House staff as well as dedicated observers of it — shared large amounts of time with me and went to great effort to help shed light on the unique nature of life inside the Trump White House. In the end, what I witnessed, and what this book is about, is a group of people who have struggled, each in their own way, to come to terms with the meaning of working for Donald Trump. I owe them an enormous debt.”
Hope Hicks and Corey Lewandowski had an on-and-off affair
Wolff adds on top of this revelation that after Lewandowski was fired as campaign manager in the summer of 2016, Hicks was upset by its coverage — and Trump wasn’t having it: “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.”
Trump exhibited symptoms of deteriorating mental health
As first revealed in a Hollywood Reporter excerpt, Wolff claims the president struggled significantly to recognize old friends and would repeat himself to an alarming degree. “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 … Donald Trump’s small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country’s future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.”
Ivanka ‘often described’ the secret to Trump’s hair to ‘friends’
Allow Wolff to explain, keeping in mind she was apparently prone to make fun of the ‘do:
“[Ivanka Trump] often described the mechanics behind [her father’s hair] 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.”
Is it just me or do others think its plausible that Wolff will show up mysterisouly dead in a few weeks??
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