Author Michael Wolff released his explosive book “Fire and Fury” earlier than expected. His provocative new book paints a picture of President Donald Trump as deteriorating in his mental state, repeating himself on an ever-shortening cycle and struggling to remember old friends.
Wolf said that he stands behind “absolutely everything” in his about Trump’s first year in office, which the White House has panned as “trash” and riddled with falsehoods.
“One of the things we have to count on is that Donald Trump will attack. He will send lawyer’s letters. This is a 35-year history of how he approaches everything,” Wolff told NBC’s “Today” show, speaking specifically about a cease-and-desist letter sent by the president’s lawyers to the book’s publishers and himself. “My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the book was “complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip,” noting that Wolff had misreported the age of White House communications director Hope Hicks and suggesting that such a simple mistake was indicative of sloppy work. Trump himself, in a post to Twitter Thursday night, said he never spoke to Wolff for the book, which the president said was “full of lies,” and did not authorize White House access for the author.
Wolff said “100 percent” of the people around the president that he spoke to for the book questioned Trump’s intelligence and mental fitness for office.
“The one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common, they all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him,” Wolff said. “They say he’s a moron, an idiot. Actually, there’s a competition to sort of get to the bottom line here of who this man is. Let’s remember, this man does not read. Does not listen. So he’s like a pinball. Just shooting off the sides.”