Thursday 19 July 2018

'I spoke to Trump on the record,' insists author

Author Michael Wolff. Photo: Reuters
Author Michael Wolff. Photo: Reuters

Harriet Alexander

The author of the explosive fly-on-the-wall book about life inside Donald Trump's White House has claimed he had a three-hour discussion with the president - contradicting Mr Trump's own assertion that he had "zero access".

Michael Wolff's book, 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House', was published yesterday after it was brought forward given the intense public interest.

The 64-year-old author appeared on US television to discuss his book, and said he had held extensive conversations with Mr Trump.

Mr Wolff said he "absolutely" spoke to the US president during his reporting of the book: "It was certainly not off the record."

Asked about White House lawyers attempting to block publication, he replied: "Where do I send the box of chocolates?"

The furore has sent the book straight to the top of Amazon's charts.

Mr Wolff, responding to Mr Trump's claim the book was "full of lies", said the president had "less credibility than perhaps anybody who has ever walked on earth".

He also told NBC's 'Today' show that Mr Trump's staff "all say he is like a child".

He added: "What they mean by that is he has the need for instant gratification. It's all about him...

"This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball just shooting off the sides."

Mr Wolff was also revealed to have taped many of his conversations, including those with Steve Bannon, which form much of the basis of the book.

Irish Independent

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