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Author Michael Wolff: Administration 'Worse Than Everybody Thought'

(NBC/"Meet the Press")

By    |   Sunday, 07 January 2018 10:27 AM

The author of an explosive book on President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his administration is “worse than everybody thought.”

In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” “Fire and Fury” writer Michael Wolff insisted he went into the project with a “frame of reference” that “this unexpected president is actually going to succeed.”

“That's not the story,” he said. “He is not going to succeed. This is worse than everybody thought.”

“If I left out anything, it's probably stuff that was even more damning,” he added. “It's that bad... it's not unreasonable to say this is 25th amendment kind of stuff."

“One of the things I think about this book and why it's hit such a chord and become this cultural moment is it's given everybody this focused opportunity to say ‘holy crap,’” he added.

Wolff also defended how he gained access to the White House — saying “I was sort of invited.”

“Donald Trump is sort of, ‘oh, yeah, yeah.’” he insisted.

“I said to him, ‘listen, I'd like to do a book.’ And I remember… he seemed deflated. ‘A book. Who cares about a book?’ And I said, ‘No, no, I'd really like to do this.’ Then he named a couple of other authors who he knew who he said ‘…they'd like to do this too.’ And I said, ‘But, you know, is it okay? ‘

“’Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.’” Wolff said the president replied. “So I went around — it was basically me saying ‘the president … likes this idea.’ And then everyone would say, ‘Oh, okay, great, sit down. Talk.”

He also rejected White House chief of staff John Kelly’s assertions that he doesn’t read the president’s tweets.

“I’m going to just say ‘like hell he didn't see them,’” Wolff said. “And that's what goes on in the White House all the time. It's how to look away, it's how not to confront.”

He added that Stephen Bannon was likely so willing to give Wolff information for the book because he wanted to get back at the Trump children.

“I’m sure he probably was,” Wolff said. “I think that he saw this White House as dysfunctional … in large part because it was being run by the president's family, people who had no experience…they were the family, they could overrule everything. I mean calamity.”

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The author of an explosive book on President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his administration is "worse than everybody thought."In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," "Fire and Fury" writer Michael Wolff insisted he went into the project with a "frame of...
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