Michael Wolff, author of the upcoming Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, has penned a new column for The Hollywood Reporter today sharing more insight from his book set for a January 9 release.
Just a snack from the tasty piece:
There was, after the abrupt Scaramucci meltdown, hardly any effort inside the West Wing to disguise the sense of ludicrousness and anger felt by every member of the senior staff toward Trump’s family and Trump himself. It became almost a kind of competition to demystify Trump. For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Cohn, he was dumb as shit. For H.R. McMaster, he was a hopeless idiot. For Steve Bannon, he had lost his mind.
Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his repetitions. 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. Indeed, many of his tweets were the product of his repetitions — he just couldn’t stop saying something.
Steve Bannon was openly handicapping a 33.3 percent chance of impeachment, a 33.3 percent chance of resignation in the shadow of the 25th amendment and a 33.3 percent chance that he might limp to the finish line on the strength of liberal arrogance and weakness.
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.
At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.
While most folks are focused on the wild and wacky doings at the White House, I think the most worrisome information coming from the book is that everyone around Trump knows he’s unfit for the presidency.
Another new revelation in the book: Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s lawyers, quit his job telling friends privately that the discussion he witnessed on Air Force One as Team Trump figured out a response to the news that Don Jr. had hosted a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian government attorney constituted obstruction of justice.
So here’s one bit of reporting in the new Michael Wolff book that might be worth putting a bookmark in… pic.twitter.com/bsPPBNt47i
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 4, 2018
Wolff: “Longtime Trump staffer Sam Nunberg — fired by Trump during the campaign but credited with knowing him better than anyone else — came back into the fold and said, widely, “He’s just a fucking fool.”” https://t.co/GLNjMNdoc5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 4, 2018
Wolff on Trump’s aides: “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.” https://t.co/PNCuMmyFYt
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 4, 2018
Trump responds to bad press by banning cell phones in the West Wing of the White House and sending cease-and-desist letters to Steve Bannon and Michael Wolff and his publisher. Imagine what he's going to do when Robert Mueller comes for him.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 4, 2018