A new book by Michael Wolff offers an insider look at President Donald Trump’s candidacy and first year in office, and reveals dozens of fascinating details about the administration.
The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was written after what Wolff claims were more than 200 interviews with the president and his inner circle. Trump, along with a representative for first lady Melania Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has already decried some of the book’s allegations, saying they are untrue.
Here are some of the most explosive details revealed in the book, which will be published next week.
1. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, described a meeting set up by Donald Trump Jr. with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon is quoted as saying.
2. Bannon reportedly said the president likely met with the meeting’s participants afterward, speculating that Trump’s son brought them up to his father’s office. “The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero,” Bannon said.
3. Trump didn’t want to win, and no one in his campaign thought he would win. “Well, it would only be a problem if we won,” former national security adviser Michael Flynn assured his friends about his decision to accept $45,000 for a speech in Russia.
4. Trump’s daughter Ivanka described Trump’s hair as a perfectly engineered hairdo that takes many steps to complete. “She often described the mechanics behind it 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,” the book says.
5. Trump wondered what a golden shower was after hearing reports of the intelligence dossier that alleges that Russian security forces have compromising details about the president. “Having dispensed with [CNN chief Jeff] Zucker, the president of the United States went on to speculate on what was involved with a golden shower,” Wolff writes.
6. Trump would speculate on the flaws of his staff after hanging up the phone with them. "Bannon was disloyal (not to mention he always looks like shit). [Reince] Priebus was weak (not to mention he was short—a midget)," Wolff recalls about Trump's reflections. "[Jared] Kushner was a suck-up. Sean Spicer was stupid (and looks terrible too). Conway was a crybaby. Jared and Ivanka should never have come to Washington."
7. Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner agreed that if one of them were to run for president in the future, it would be her. “They didn’t say that?” said Bannon upon learning about the deal. “Stop. Oh, come on. They didn’t actually say that? Please don’t tell me that. Oh my God.”
8. Trump eats at McDonald’s so often out of paranoia and because he is a germaphobe. "Long afraid of being poisoned, he would say that one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's was because nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely prepared," the book says.
9. Trump asked Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who had dated former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, why she was worried about Lewandowski's bad press after he got fired. "You've already done enough for him,” Trump apparently said. “You're the best piece of tail he'll ever have."
10. Hicks and Trump had a very close relationship, and Trump's inner circle saw her as something of a daughter to the president. "[Hope] Hicks was in fact thought of as Trump’s real daughter, while Ivanka was thought of as his real wife,” the book states.
11. As a candidate, Trump had no interest in learning about the Constitution, which he knew very little about. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment, before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head,” said Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to the Trump campaign.
12. Trump used derogatory language to express his anger toward Sally Yates. “Trump conceived an early, obsessive antipathy for Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates,” the book reads. “She was, he steamed, ‘such a c---.’”
13. Trump didn't enjoy his own inauguration. "He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears," the book claims.
14. Trump reassured Melania that he would not win the election. On election night, when it became clear that he would win, "Melania was in tears—and not of joy."
15. The travel ban was passed on a Friday so that people would protest at airports. Asked why the timing was on a weekend, Bannon said, “So the snowflakes would show up at the airports and riot.”
16. Trump never reads. “He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate,” the book says.
17. Trump would mention getting in bed with other women. “Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” the book claims.
18. Trump offered to marry TV hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “You guys should just get married,” Trump told them. “I can marry you! I’m an internet Unitarian minister,” Kushner said. “What?” said the president. “What are you talking about? Why would they want you to marry them when I could marry them? When they could be married by the president! At Mar-a-Lago!”
19. The president's lifestyle followed many unusual routines. "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 book says.
20. Trump would share private details about himself, then get upset when information was leaked. "As details of Trump’s personal life leaked out, he became obsessed with identifying the leaker. The source of all the gossip, however, may well have been Trump himself," Wolff writes. "In his calls throughout the day and at night from his bed, he often spoke to people who had no reason to keep his confidences."
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