Fire and Fury? Don't believe the hype

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Predictably, Trump's reaction to the book and the attention it received has demonstrated its apparent central theme: that Trump is temperamentally and intellectually unfit for the immensely powerful office he holds.

Wolff said he liked the president when he began reporting on the book, which initially was meant to be a book about the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

In the book, Mr. Bannon describes a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., senior campaign aides, and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

Wolff said staff frequently comment on whether zany events do, or do not, warrant the 25th Amendment. The quoted remarks have roiled not just members of his pro-Trump Breitbart audience, but also a major patron, heiress Rebekah Mercer, who controls a minority stake in the site, where Bannon serves as executive chairman. While the GAI's stories about the Clinton Foundation turned out to be entirely bereft of substance, they helped permanently tar Clinton and paved Trump's way into the White House.

Though Wolff makes damning claims about the president, he said Trump's skills as a salesman are still evident.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States financed through both public and private capital, creating millions of new jobs. "But it's riddled and surrounded by the fact that this is a journalist who doesn't believe in calling anyone to correct sources".

Trump's anger was evident when he earlier said that former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who allegedly provided much of the inputs used in the book, had "lost his mind" and had been "dumped like a dog". The president himself had brought up the issue in recent weeks, and it's a top priority for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republicans. He pressed the case again on Sunday, tweeting: "I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President". The language and tone of Trump's tweet is not typical of diplomatic communications.

This was reported by The Associated Press.

After days of silence amid withering criticism from his former colleagues and his largest benefactor, Bannon tried to make amends. Unemployment is at a 17-year low, consumer confidence is high and the stock market is soaring.

"Delusional levels of grandiosity, impulsivity, and the compulsions of mental impairment, when combined with an authoritarian cult of personality and contempt for the rule of law, are a toxic mix", the authors wrote.

Meanwhile, the publisher of "Fire and Fury" said any efforts to suppress the book are "flagrantly unconstitutional". We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

White House officials and Hill aides confirmed the president's comments. I don't want their support, and I don't want their votes.

A likelier scenario, he said, resembles the past examples of Richard Nixon cracking under the stress of Watergate; Woodrow Wilson after a debilitating stroike; and James Garfield slowly dying from an assassin's bullet.

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