Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House–Book’s Impact

Author Michael Wolff says his explosive bookon President Trump’s rise to the Oval Office and first year in the White House is helping readers to reach an understanding that “will end this presidency.”

In an interview with BBC radio, the author of The Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House says that some of the most interesting reactions to his book have been “a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect.”

“The story that I’ve told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says that he can’t do this job, the emperor has no clothes. And suddenly everywhere people are going ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this, that will end this presidency,” Wolff said.

Since the release of excerpts from the book in the Guardian and New York Magazine, Trump has attacked the book and its veracity, claiming that the book “full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.” He also said that he had not provided Wolff with access to the White House for the book.

On Thursday, Trump’s attorney Charles Harder also sent a legal demand to Wolff and publisher Henry Holt & Co., alleging that the book committed defamation, false light invasion of privacy and an inducement of breach of Steve Bannon’s contract with the Trump campaign.  Henry Holt & Co. then decided to move up its release date to January 5 from January 9.

BBC Radio host Nick Robinson pressed Wolff on his reporting methods, to which he responded that he had written the book in a “time-honored fashion” by talking to sources close to the events in the White House and often granting them anonymity. Wolff was able to take up residence in the West Wing because he knew Trump–he had written a Hollywood Reporter cover story in 2016–and that he had gotten the president to “shrug his shoulders and say, ‘Okay, yeah'” to granting him access to the White House.

Wolff said: “I’m just interested in how people relate to one another, their ability to do their jobs and a much less abstract picture of this world than whatever the political thesis may or may not be.”

For BBC radio, Wolff said that his observations channeled the feelings of those around him when he was in the White House. “This is the story that I watched, this transformation that took place amongst this senior staff.  These are ambitious people, well-intentioned people, and wanted to succeed in the job,” he said. ” They all came to the conclusion that something was unbelievably amiss here.”

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