Michael Wolff, the author of a new tell-all book about the Trump administration, disputed the president’s claim that they “never spoke” about the project.
The controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was published Friday, four days ahead of its scheduled release date after public interest grew about its contents after excerpts circulated online.
“Fire and Fury” reportedly argues that Trump is unfit for office. The book prompted a war of words between the president and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, who was quoted in the book calling Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 “treasonous.”
Trump and his lawyers attempted to block publication of the book.
What did Trump say?
On Twitter, the president called the book “phony” and claimed he “never spoke” to Wolff for book.
“Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Trump tweeted. “Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spo… https://t.co/G8tBCceHUy— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1515124373.0
What did Wolff say?
In an interview on the "Today" show on Friday, Wolff disputed the president’s claim.
“I absolutely spoke to the president. Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record,” Wolff said.
Wolff said he spent about three hours with Trump — during his campaign and after his inauguration — for his book. He said his sources were Trump’s senior aides and “people who spoke to the president on a daily, sometimes minute by minute basis.”
Wolff also dismissed the president’s claim that the author has no credibility.
"My creditably is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point," he said.
“I have recordings, I have notes, I am certainly and absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I have reported," Wolff added.
Wolff said his sources questioned the president’s intelligence.
“The one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common — they all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him," Wolff said. "This man does not read, does not listen. He’s like a pinball, just shooting off the sides."