Why is Trump such a fool
Disclosure book on Donald Trump : "An idiot surrounded by clowns"
When the new US president took office, he had a few wishes for the cleaning staff in the White House. "If my shirt is on the floor, it is there because I want it," Donald Trump is said to have impressed on the cleaning force in his official residence in Washington. Picking up is strictly prohibited. Nobody is allowed to touch the presidential toothbrush either. The most powerful man in the world pulls off his sheets himself when he thinks they need to be washed. Sometimes the president goes to bed at half past six with a cheeseburger.
These and other remarkable details can be found in the book "Fire and Fury" by the author Michael Wolff, which is causing a sensation even before its formal publication next week. For about a year and a half, Wolff kept visiting the White House to collect material; According to the New York Times, he was often seen in the office of Trump's then chief strategist Stephen Bannon. On the basis of more than 200 interviews with Bannon, other employees and Trump himself, Wolff paints a picture of a dysfunctional government team where little goes according to plan - and where even less is planned at all.
In an interview with Wolff, Bannon attacked the president's son and son-in-law in connection with the Russia affair - Trump then broke away from his former colleague Bannon. But even beyond the politically explosive revelations, the book is already a hit because it offers completely new insights into the Trump presidency.
Melania is said to have cried on election night - and not out of joy
Wolff reports that Trump was surprised by his success in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, the real estate mogul prepared himself to set up his own television station on the basis of the newly won celebrities after a defeat by Hillary Clinton. According to Wolff, the extremely wealthy candidate had so little confidence in his own election campaign that he did not want to spend his own money on the campaign. Trump's wife Melania cried when her husband's surprising victory became apparent on election night - and not out of joy.
According to Wolff's book, Trump brought his neuroses to the White House. So the president feared trying to poison him. This is supposedly one of the reasons why Trump likes to eat in McDonald’s fast-food restaurants: after all, nobody there knows exactly which customer will receive which hamburger.
With new anecdotes, the author also reinforces the now widespread impression that Trump has no great interest in government work. One of his close advisers wanted to explain the American constitution to him in a kind of introductory course - but Trump soon lost interest in the content of his country's constitution. According to Wolff, it has also happened that the president gets up in the middle of a meeting with top politicians from other countries because he is bored.
Quite a few Trump advisors think the president is a fool, if Wolff can be believed. A memo from government officials is quoted as saying that Trump reads next to nothing and is "an idiot surrounded by clowns." The president is "stupid as a piece of shit". Not only the President himself has a reputation in the White House for not being among the brightest. According to the book, Trump's daughter Ivanka has the hope of one day becoming the first American president - but Bannon called Ivanka "stupid as a board".
How solid the research is is judged differently
According to Wolff, everyday life in the first few months of the Trump administration consisted of a chaotic continuous competition between Bannon, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The three Trump advisors stalked each other and did their best to bring down each other's plans.
Trump's press spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected the scenes from Wolff's book on Wednesday as fabricated. Some Trump employees complained that they were misquoted. Other critics also objected that it was not always entirely clear where Wolff's observations had a solid basis and where the author might just be imagining the events in the White House.
But these objections could not prevent “Fire and Fury” from becoming a sensation in Washington. Further pre-releases from the book are expected to follow by January 9th.
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