White House chaos, outlined in 'Fire and Fury,' was already obvious — Editorial

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 17, 2018

Mr Tillerson - who is alleged to have called Mr Trump a moron last year - told CNN: "I have no reason to question his mental fitness". "And in that beat, which often merits a front-page story, the beat is that President Trump is an aberrant president".

Donald Trump's supporters have seen many a media storm over the past few years, and somehow their man always emerges (relatively) unscathed.

Whether he realized it was an interview or not I don't know.

The early publication of Michael Wolff's explosive book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has questioned several aspects of Trump's presidency. "He was. visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears", one passage reads. We've seen him first-hand. "They're telling us to speak more loudly and clearly and not to stop until something is done because they are terrified". What was he here for?

The White House has described the book titled 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' as being full of "misinformation". "Too bad!" the president tweeted Saturday. "Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look".

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency", Trump said in a statement released by the White House earlier this week.

Trump repeatedly has attacked Wolff's credibility, and did so again in a tweet Friday night.

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But Wolff says he appreciates all the free promotion from the president.

Wolff went on to say that he has recordings of some of those conversations. Wolff's regular presence in the White House has been well established by people who saw him, and there is no evidence that he made up sources.

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

The book includes excerpts about the Trump children, clandestine meetings with Russian lawyers and portrays Trump as ignorant and mercurial, and his White House as in a near-constant state of chaos.

What Trump's tweets this morning prove beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the idea that he is some political savant executing a three-dimensional chess strategy that only he can see is simply wrong. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went so far as to suggest he ought to be axed from Breitbart, the right-wing website he helps run. Yet the book is a portrait of - to borrow the phrase Wolff applied critically to Times coverage - "an aberrant president".

Bannon was prominently featured in the book, which was available for purchase on Friday. But a president to whom The Washington Post has attributed 1,950 lies is hardly someone to take seriously when he calls author Michael Wolff a liar.

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