White House Aides Getting Ready To Flee As ‘Fire And Fury’ Throws Trump Into Deeper Hole
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Trump’s White House, they do. Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury has thrown the erratic administration into bigger turmoil with explosive details of a chaotic and dysfunctional administration where staffers fear and loathe the president, whom they regard as a vain and moody “idiot.”
Now, more than half a dozen of the more skilled White House staff are contemplating imminent departures, according to Axios co-founders Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei.
“Many leaving are quite fearful about the next chapter of the Trump presidency,” Allen said.
The website collected more than a dozen anecdotes from Wolff’s book, which has infuriated Trump so much that aides are simply avoiding him.
Those anecdotes show how unprepared Trump is for the presidency, and how he ignores or disregards advice and follows his instincts wherever they lead — even when he contradicts himself.
“He seemed almost phobic about having formal demands on his attention,” Wolff wrote.
Wolff described a “wackadoo” moments whenever the president rambled off topic, and staffers were forced into “intense method-acting” to pretend not to notice “what everyone could see.”
“In the Trump White House, policy-making … flowed up.” Wolff wrote. “It was a process of suggesting, in throw-it-against-the-wall style, what the president might want, and hoping he might then think that he had thought of this himself.”
Those conditions have many staffers considering a hasty exit, although it’s not clear how attractive those jobs will be once they’re open.
Trump has threatened to sue Wolff and the publisher, demanding they immediately stop its publication, but the angry threat quickly backfired as the book exploded in sales.