Fire and Fury: Trump slams controversial book as Michael Wolff defends claims

The release of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" made headlines worldwide as the demand for the controversial book soars. The White House has denied the claims made by author Michael Wolff in his book, which paints a picture of the first months of US President Donald Trump’s presidency, and critics have questioned its authenticity.
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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was released on Friday, four days earlier than planned despite efforts by US President Donald Trump's lawyers on Thursday to stop its publication. Retailers reportedly struggled to supply the demand for the controversial release that was already compared to the first days of sales of the popular “Harry Potter” books.

Trump criticized author Michael Wolff in a post on his Twitter account on Friday. The president said the author “made up stories” to sell his book, which he called “boring and untruthful."

Wolff said he conducted about 200 interviews with people close to Trump and the White House in order to paint a picture of the first nine months of the president’s term. Among the people he quoted was former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who called meetings involving the president’s son Donald Jr, son-in law Jared Kushner and aide Paul Manafort with Russian elements “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” On Thursday, Trump said that Bannon "has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."

Wolff’s claims concern various aspects of life at Trump’s White House, including separate sleeping arrangements, his confidants, daily habits as well as the atmosphere during the presidential campaign and on election day. The author said Trump and his campaigners never intended to win the election and claimed that First Lady Melania Trump cried after the announcement - “and they weren't tears of joy,” he wrote.

Critics of the book accused Wolff of violating confidentiality agreements as well as reporting half-truths and outright lies. The author defended his claims in a televised interview on Friday, saying that he stood behind everything he has reported in his book. “My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has every walked on earth at this point,” Wolff told NBC’s Today show.



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