In a Friday appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, Michael Wolff, author of the controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” said he stands behind “absolutely everything” in his account of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, which the White House has criticized as “tabloid gossip.”
Addressing the cease and desist letter sent by Trump’s lawyers to the publishers of the book and himself, Wolff said, “One of the things we have to count on is that Donald Trump will attack. He will send lawyer’s letters. This is a 35-year history of how he approaches everything. My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point.”
Some have claimed that they did not make the statements attributed to them in the book, including Katie Walsh, former deputy chief of staff, although others, such as former chief strategist Steve Bannon, have not disputed their comments, Politico reported.
The provocative book was scheduled for release later this month, but was instead released Friday due to “unprecedented demand,” according to the publisher.
At a Thursday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Wolff’s account was “complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip.”
In a Thursday night tweet, Trump contended that the book was “full of lies,” that he never spoke to Wolff for the book, and that he did not authorize access to the White House for Wolff.
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Wolff disputed Trump’s claim, asking, “What was I doing there if he didn’t want me to be there?” Wolff said he had spoken to Trump for a total of approximately three hours during the presidential campaign and the president’s time in the White House.
“Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know,” Wolff said. “But it certainly was not off the record.”
Wolff added that he had notes and recordings from his interviews. Regarding questions about his credibility, Wolff said, “I’ve written millions upon millions of words. I don’t think there has ever been one correction.”