Those Ten Things You May Have Missed About the Upcoming Trump White House Book

So this hasn’t been Steve Bannon’s best week, nor has it been the best week for President Trump.

The new book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has pretty much set MAGAville ablaze.


A host of incendiary comments from the former White House chief strategist – including calling Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a group of Russians “treasonous” – has pretty much blown up any influence he may have had left, and cut those ties.

While everybody has focused on Bannon, other nuggets of salacious intrigue seemed to have slipped the notice of many.

Axios took the time to compile a list of ten items from the book that are worth checking out.

  • Trump never wanted to win. As I pointed out on Wednesday, it was a ploy to build an audience for a TV venture he and son-in-law, Jared Kushner were working on. Nobody was more shocked than he was that he’d won.
  • Trump’s senior advisers don’t have any confidence that he could do the job. They mirror the thoughts of a lot of citizens, as well.
  • Michael Flynn knew beforehand that the Russia problem would catch up to him. He didn’t care. From the book:”Michael Flynn, the retired general who served as Trump’s opening act at campaign rallies, had been told by his friends that it had not been a good idea to take $45,000 from the Russians for a speech. ‘Well, it would only be a problem if we won,’ ­Flynn assured them.”
  • Rupert Murdoch thinks Trump is an idiot, as well. I covered this one on Wednesday, too. Murdoch, after having a conversation with the newly elected president about technology, and how if he took the wrong side on H-1B visas, he’d anger his base, reportedly got off the phone and remarked about what an idiot Trump was (I won’t use his exact words).
  • Trump is fixated on the media, particularly bad press. He would rewind the DVR and watch bad comments, over and over. He’d spend all day talking about what the latest slight, until that slight was replaced by the next spite.
  • Jared and Ivanka had a POTUS pact.”Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”
  • Melania cried at the thought of being stuck as “first lady.” When the tide turned on election night and it appeared Trump would win, Trump apparently went dumbfounded and Melania Trump was in tears.
  • Kellyanne Conway found Trump exhausting. Conway would apparently “turn off” in private, and would speak about Trump with exaggerated gestures, eyerolling, and facial expressions to convey her disgust.
  • Trump’s bad taste in comments towards Hope Hicks.”Shortly after [former Trump campaign manager Corey] Lewandowski, with whom Hicks has been rumored to have 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.” Real smooth. As an added note about Hicks, Wolff notes in the book that with Melania Trump largely invisible, Ivanka Trump took on the role of “First Lady” and was widely considered to be filling out the role as Trump’s “wife,” while Hope Hicks was said to be more in the role of the “daughter.”
  • Trump has a pretty unhealthy end to his day.”If he was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls — the phone was his true contact point with the world — to a small group of friends, who charted his rising and falling levels of agitation through the evening and then compared notes with one another.”


The interesting news is that Trump’s lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to the publishers of the upcoming book, due out next week, in an attempt to have the book shut down. The publishers responded by setting the release day to tomorrow.


Happy reading.


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