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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Jim VanderHei and Mike Allen, Axios: There are definitely parts of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury that are wrong, sloppy, or betray off-the-record confidence. But there are two things he gets absolutely right, even in the eyes of White House officials who think some of the book's scenes are fiction: his spot-on portrait of Trump as an emotionally erratic president, and the low opinion of him among some of those serving him. Why it matters: Wolff captures the contempt some Trump aides have for the president and his family. Axios' Jonathan Swan notes that this includes people you see trumpeting their loyalty to him. In the past year, we have had many of the same conversations with the same sources Wolff used. We won't betray them, or put on the record what was off. But, we can say that the following lines from the book ring unambiguously true.

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"[H]e trusted his own expertise -- no matter how paltry or irrelevant -- more than anyone else's. What's more, he had an extremely short attention span, even when he thought you were worthy of attention."

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There's a whole lot more you can read for yourself, but the article ominously concludes:

Be smart:

More than half a dozen of the more skilled White House staff are contemplating imminent departures. Many leaving are quite fearful about the next chapter of the Trump presidency.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-05 04:06 PM | Reply

Time for Pence to nut up and remove Trump.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-05 05:15 PM | Reply

If it walks like a Trump and talks like a Trump... you should run, not walk, to the nearest exit.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-05 06:26 PM | Reply

Author Michael Wolff bolstered President Trump's effort to discredit the new book "Fire and Fury" on Friday when he acknowledged in a "Today" show interview that he had been willing to say whatever was "necessary" to gain access at the White House.

This line rings truest of all. Even he admits he's a liar and a yellow journalist. But it feeds your TDS, so....

www.washingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by cookfish at 2018-01-05 07:40 PM | Reply

#4 Wolff claims to have tapes of a number of the interviews. Let's hear them, and then we can judge for ourselves who is lying and who is telling the truth.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-05 08:34 PM | Reply

"he had been willing to say whatever was "necessary" to gain access at the White House."
"This line rings truest of all. Even he admits he's a liar and a yellow journalist."

It does ring true.
Why then do you think the rest is false?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-05 08:36 PM | Reply

Cookfish continues to display an impressive amount of suction in spite of the jaw dropping embarrassment the Dotard is.
MASA!

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-05 09:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Joe Scarborough weighs in on the validity of Wolff's book:

Wolff's terrifying political tome adds weight to a growing body of evidence that the Manhattan billionaire is temperamentally unfit to serve. An email Wolff describes as "purporting to represent the views" of chief economic adviser Gary Cohn neatly summarizes what campaign workers and White House staff have been telling me about Trump for two years. He is an "idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won't read anything -- not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. And his staff is no better."

www.washingtonpost.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-05 09:42 PM | Reply

Cookedfish is a Nazi sympathizer defending a Nazi, go figure!

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-07 05:05 PM | Reply

There are more than enough true stories in Wolff's book. The confusion comes when 100 of Trump's "nothing but the best" people tell 100 different versions of the same story.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-07 05:24 PM | Reply

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There are more than enough true stories in Wolff's book.

One of the recurring themes I find amusing is team donald using Henry Kissinger as a foreign policy advisor.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-07 07:38 PM | Reply

One of the recurring themes I find amusing is team donald using Henry Kissinger as a foreign policy advisor.

#11 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2018-01-07 07:38 PM

Were you just as amused by Hillary Clinton seeking his advice and endorsement?

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 12:03 AM | Reply

Were you just as amused by Hillary Clinton seeking his advice and endorsement?

No. I just remember it was a big bruhaha when Hillary said he advised her but apparently it's ok for team donald.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-08 12:23 AM | Reply

It only took 12 replies before some moron from the right had to bring HRC into the discussion. RoC, why are you so afraid of and/or obsessed with her?

#14 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-08 12:17 PM | Reply

You have to be a complete idiot to not see that Trump has lost the confidence of the vast majority of Americans. Everyone except the goobs that are religiously devoted to him can see what a bum he is. For the truly faithful, no amount of evidence will sway them. I still think that they amount to about 25% of the population. All you can do is remember who they are and act accordingly in the future.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-08 03:30 PM | Reply

Bannon wrong to say "treasonous" quote was about Manafort -- it was about Trump Jr.

Michael Wolff on Monday said former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's statement that his comments reported in Wolff's book were directed at Paul Manafort and not Donald Trump Jr. is incorrect.

"I like Steve, I'm grateful for the time he gave me, the insights he gave me and I don't want to put him in more hot water than he is already in, but ... " Wolff said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"It was not directed at Manafort, it was directed directly at Don Jr."

thehill.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-08 03:38 PM | Reply

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