Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House: Trump is Responsible for Book’s Commercial Appeal

President Trump’s negative reaction to Michael Wolff’s controversial best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House helped the book sell millions of copies.

“Once a day, I cast my eyes heavenward, and say, ‘Thank God for Trump’” said Wolff, speaking Monday at the Cannes Lion Festival of International Creativity, where he was interviewed by Jeff Goodby, co-founder and co-chairman of ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

Wolff said that the Washington press corps is jealous of his reportage for “Fire and Fury,” which is based on the time he spent in a fly-on-the-wall capacity in the West Wing during the first tumultuous months of the Trump presidency.

The gossipy, unverified and unattributed details of “Fire and Fury”–which Trump tried to block from publication with a cease-and-desist threat–led to skeptics questioning some of the book’s accuracy.

“I asked no questions. In seven months I don’t think I asked a question beyond, ‘How’s it going?’” Wolff claimed. Traditional political reporters, he added, are “all very resentful that I got this story… and made all this money.”

Wolff repeated his claim that Trump threatened to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe into the Trump campaign’s Russian ties, citing the N.Y. Times scoops.

But according to Wolff, “Every day he tried to fire Mueller. He did this constantly, to virtually everyone. So the Times story was not wrong, but the Times story missed that fact.”

If Trump will be removed from office, Wolff said, “and Mike Pence becomes president, the news media will go into a depression. He’s the most boring man in the world.”

“Fire and Fury” offers an account of the initial months of Trump’s administration, describing the White House as plagued with infighting and President Trump unable to focus on the position’s demands.

Trump himself directly attacked the book, saying that it was “full of lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don’t exist.” The president has routinely claimed that news he simply doesn’t like is false.

Wolff said that “Trump’s critique of the book is not a critique. It’s a reaction in the moment. It ultimately has no real meaning, no real purpose, no real foundation.”

Wolff hasn’t received any death threats over “Fire and Fury,” and he “didn’t get any negative comments anywhere. It’s been this remarkable outpouring, people stopping me and hugging me on the street.”

Wolff has been banned from Fox News, after he wrote a book about Rupert Murdoch that the media mogul didn’t like, so “what happened is that all the people who might have threatened me, they don’t even know this book exists.”

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