It appears the Trump administration is even more chaotic than we previously thought. In his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff brings to light a host of explosive reports of internal fighting and organizational chaos at the heart of the Trump presidency.
Excerpts from the explosive book reveal that former Trump campaign chair and White House strategist Steve Bannon believes an infamous June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Russians offering incriminating information about Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower was “treasonous”, “unpatriotic” and “bad shit”.
Bannon also reportedly believes that Donald Trump knew of the meeting and met the Russians involved – the president has denied this – saying: “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero.”
Wolff also reports that the president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, made a deal about which of them would one day run for president.
Wolff writes: “The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”
The book also reveals a conversation between the president-elect and Rupert Murdoch about immigration policy that allegedly led the media mogul to label Trump “a fucking idiot”.
Here are some other highlights:
Trump reportedly argued with the Secret Service over whether he could have a lock on his bedroom – “the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms”, Wolff writes – and told housekeeping he would strip his own bed and leave his shirts on the floor.
Wolff also says the president, who is known to fear being poisoned, told no one to touch his toothbrush.
Disloyalty among the president’s staff was reportedly mirrored by the president himself, who called Bannon disloyal and scruffy, Priebus weak and short, Kushner a suck-up, press secretary Sean Spicer stupid and adviser Kellyanne Conway a crybaby. Jared and Ivanka, the president reportedly said, should never have come to Washington.
Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates and was reportedly wanted by Trump to be his chief of staff, allegedly told a friend: “He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.”
Asked by Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes what Trump had “gotten himself into with the Russians”, Wolff writes, Bannon answered: “Mostly, he went to Russia and he thought he was going to meet Putin. But Putin couldn’t give a shit about him. So he’s kept trying.” Bannon reportedly called Trump “a bomb thrower” and “a strange little fucker”.
The revelations drew a remarkably forceful White House statement, in which Trump said: “When [Bannon] was fired he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
The Guardian obtained a copy of Fire and Fury from a bookseller in New England. Wolff told the Guardian that in his approach to researching the book he had been “not particularly hostile”.
“That allowed me to get them to be relatively open,” he said.