Fire and Fury Released Early Despite Trump’s Attempt To Block Release

A portrait of the Trump presidency in a forthcoming book, โ€œFire and Fury: Inside the Trump White Houseโ€ by Michael Wolff, roiled the White House on Wednesday and caused a public split between President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist and far-right campaign architect Steve Bannon.

Here is the first interview with Michael Wolff the books author today from the TODAY show.

2016 CAMPAIGN: LOSING IS WINNING

โ€œAs the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. … โ€˜This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,โ€™ he told (former Fox News chief Roger) Ailes a week before the election. โ€˜I donโ€™t think about losing, because it isnโ€™t losing. Weโ€™ve totally won.’โ€

โ€œOnce he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldnโ€™t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning.โ€

After Melania Trump was inconsolable that the New York Post obtained outtakes from a nude photo shoot done early in her modeling carer, Trump told her they would sue. โ€œBut he was unaccustomedly contrite, too. Just a little longer, he told her. It would all be over in November. He offered his wife a solemn guarantee: there was simply no way he would win.โ€

ELECTION DAY

fire and fury bookโ€œShortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend – Trump might actually win – seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears – and not of joy.โ€

Kellyanne Conway, the campaignโ€™s manager, was in a remarkably buoyant mood, considering she was about to experience a resounding, if not cataclysmic, defeat. … Now she briefed some of the television producers and anchors whom she had been carefully courting since joining the Trump campaign โ€” and with whom she had been actively interviewing in the last few weeks, hoping to land a permanent on-air job after the election.

AFTER THE VICTORY

โ€œBalancing risk against reward, both Jared (Kushner) and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, sheโ€™d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.โ€

BANNON ON JUNE 2016 TRUMP TOWER RUSSIA MEETING

โ€œThe chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to this fatherโ€™s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.โ€

โ€œThe three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didnโ€™t have any lawyers.โ€

โ€œEven if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think itโ€™s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.โ€

Read a summary of the book at The Independent