Michael Wolff – author of the explosive book about Trump “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” – appeared on NBC’s Today on Friday, defending his book against Trump’s attacks and providing more scathing criticism of the deeply unpopular, flailing president.
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The book includes a number of damning stories, including a negative portrayal of Trump’s mental state as well as his staff’s lack of respect for his intelligence and competence. Additionally, it quotes Trump’s longtime ally Steve Bannon saying that the Trump Tower meeting that Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort had with Russian agents was “treasonous.”
After initial excerpts from he book leaked to The Guardian, Trump lashed out, attacking Wolff’s credibility. On Today, Wolff responded: “My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point.”
Trump’s lawyers attempted to prevent the book’s release, filing a cease-and-desist order. The book’s publisher – Henry Holt & Co – moved the book’s release up to Friday in response.
Addressing the book’s advanced release date and soaring sales, Wolff jokingly asked, ”Where do I send the box of chocolates?”
He also argued that Trump is “helping me prove the point of the book,” with his untempered, impulsive attacks against the author’s character.