Trumped out: The book that’s causing a storm

The new year has just begun and already a controversy is raging in the literary world. Michael Wolff’s tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House exposes some crazy details about the US President from the author’s one year spent at the White House interviewing the President and his staff. While many journalists have questioned the veracity of the details published (based on excerpts released to the press), whether it’s more gossip than fact, the truth is the massive pre-hype has already made it a guaranteed bestseller. Believe it or not, here are some of those wildly juicy details that everyone is talking about…

  • Wolff writes in the book that Trump would often try to persuade his friends’ wives that their husbands were not who they thought (so that he could sleep with them). To that end, he would apparently trick a friend into talking about his sex life with his wife, while the wife was listening in on speakerphone.
  • He never expected to be President and looked like he had “seen a ghost” when he won, while his wife Melania was “in tears”.
  • Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner had made an agreement between themselves that if the opportunity arose for one of them to run for president, it would be her.
  • Trump’s loyal, longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller was let go “for reasons darkly whispered about in the West Wing”.
  • What was a regular night for the US President? “If he was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon,” writes Wolff, “then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls — the phone was his true contact point with the world — to a small group of friends.” The husband and wife slept in separate bedrooms.
  • Rupert Murdoch allegedly called Trump “a fucking idiot.”
  • He wouldn’t let the housekeeping staff do his bed due to fear of germs or touch his toothbrush.
  • Editor Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair was “pushed out” of the magazine in an attempt to make Trump feel better about all the negative media coverage.

By Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Mumbai

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