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Fire and Fury: The Inside Scope of the White House?

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By: Mila Mabhongo, Staff Reporter

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On Thursday, January 5th, 2018, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff was released. This controversial piece of writing served as an analysis of the behavior of President Donald Trump during his first full year in office. Upon release, it immediately became the top-selling book on Amazon; currently, it stands at number two.

Born in Victorville, California, Michael Wolff is an author and Vanity Fair columnist whose works are often contributed to USA Today, Newsweek, Hollywood Reporter.  He has received several awards for his works and has authored seven books in his lifetime, his most recent being Fire and Fury.

One would wonder, how could this Vanity Fair journalist, having no White House position, write a critically detailed expose on the daily life of the President of the United States?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News that Wolff had never spoken to Trump before writing his book. Yet, according to USA Today, Wolff, as a simple reporter at the time, spoke to Trump and brought up a book written about him in the works. Over the next few months, Wolff would be granted access into the White House and acted as a “fly-on-the-wall reporter.” He would sit in on meetings, discussions, lunches and especially press conferences to watch the exchanges between the people, the White House Staff, and the President.

Before the book was released, Trump denied ever giving Wolff access to the White House, in preparation for the impending storm of the book’s release. On January 4th, 2018, he tweeted, “I authorized Zero access to the White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misinterpretations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”

 

The book itself shares details of things that Trump allegedly has done not only in the White House, but in the years prior to his presidency.

To address the elephant in the well-written room, word on Donald Trump’s sexual harassment was described in the book as well. According to an article in People , the book describes Trump as a “world-class harasser” and as his campaign went on, he faced increasing allegations of harassment.

 

Trump has denied these accusations.

 

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