A tell-all book about shady and chaotic goings-on in the White House since the start of Donald Trump’s presidency is set to go on sale this weekend, despite initially having a release date for next week.
Michael Wolff, the author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, tweeted this morning that his book’s release will be brought forward to Friday 5 January, 9am (US eastern standard time, 10pm Australian western standard time) due to public demand and despite cease-and-desist orders from Trump’s lawyers.
Wolff has already teased the public with what they can expect from the book, in an essay published today in The Hollywood Reporter entitled ‘You Can’t Make This Shit Up: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House’.
In his essay, Wolff tells of how easy it was to gain access to White House staff, along with access to the president himself, thanks in part to the president’s “ego”.
“To say that no one was in charge, that there were no guiding principles, not even a working [organisational] chart, would be an understatement,” wrote Wolff. “‘What do these people do?’ asked everyone… pretty much of everyone else.”
From close vantage, Wolff was able to witness in-fighting between present and now-former Trump staff – key figures such as Sean Spicer, Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon.
Lawyers for Donald Trump have tried to stop publication of the book, which exposes behind-the-scenes talk and chaotic scenarios at the White House, some of which was initially leaked by former White House employee and right-hand man for the president, Steve Bannon.
While not yet having seen the book’s content himself, Trump has issued a paranoid-sounding statement that attempts to denounce Bannon.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” said Trump. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said the president was “furious and disgusted” at Bannon’s attacks on his family, which included the claim that Donald Trump Jr’s Trump Tower meeting with a group of Russians who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
Suffice to say, many others, besides Bannon, have nothing but insults for Trump. Rupert Murdoch calls him “a fucking moron”. Gary Cohn says he is “dumb as shit”. And even Trump’s own National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, dubs him “a hopeless idiot”.
In sum, author Michael Wolff says: “My indelible impression of talking to [Trump’s staff] 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.”
Following the book’s release, White House security is being tightened, with an announcement made yesterday that no personal devices, including mobile phones, will be allowed in the West Wing starting from next week “for security purposes”. Antonino Tati
‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ is published Friday 5 January, 9am (US eastern standard time, 10pm Australian western standard time) by Henry Holt & Co.