January 09, 2018
© Carlos Barria / Reuters
The current bestseller
on the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
great fiction and good entertainment
but in reality will not affect
Donald Trump's support base,
political talk show host Bryan Crabtree
Speculation that US President
Donald Trump has psychological
problems, fueled by the 'tell-all' bestseller about the Trump White
House called 'Fire and Fury' by
Michael Wolff, led to a heated clash
between Trump's senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, and CNN host
The CNN host cut off the
12-minute interview on 'State of the Union' with Miller, saying that
the adviser was wasting viewers' time.
Apart from allegations about Trump's mental health, 'Fire and Fury'
author Wolff has claimed that Trump found the White House daunting.
It's said that the president's own behavior contributed to "chaos
Meanwhile, Bannon, who was Trump's chief strategist, has expressed
regret for comments included in the book, in which he dubbed a
meeting between members of the Trump team and a Russian lawyer
This is what we see
over and over again. All I can say is that my guess is - most of
the media likes business as usual.
They liked how things
worked under the
Obama administration when they had a lot of
access to fancy parties and better jobs, and better coverage,
And maybe they are just more in line with President
But none of that
matters because right now President Trump is president and
whether they like it or not, it is how it is. And they have zero
impact, even after 90 percent of their coverage on this
president… has been negative.
political analyst and author
"My comments were
aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with
experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate...
To reiterate, those
comments were not aimed at Don Jr.," Bannon said.
"I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate
reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the
president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his
presidency," he added.
RT: Miller's interview on
CNN was cut short. Why invite someone on from Trump's
administration, and then not give them the chance to talk?
CNN of all places, based in Atlanta, they love to
basically bring conservatives, especially Trump conservatives, on
their network and give them a bashing, if you will. That is their
mode of operation.
They love to bring them
on and lecture them about what is wrong with Trump. And the American
people, judging by the ratings, don't care much for it.
RT: Why did
Steve Bannon apologize for his comments in 'Fire and Fury'? Is
this damage control or was he actually misquoted?
BC: I think he was misquoted and I think he also was
If you look at this
book, this is the biggest bout of fake news we've seen in a long
time. They quoted the fact that Trump didn't know who John
Boehner, our former speaker of the House, was.
He has played
golf with him, he was the speaker of the House for four months
when Trump began his campaign.
So, I think, if you
look at what he is really doing here, the agenda of Steve Bannon
is to run for president, run a large political-action committee.
And that is why he got fired.
I think Steve Bannon
was pro-Trump until he got a taste of the power that came with
President Trump and then he became pro-Steve Bannon. He was
doing interviews, he seemed to go rogue.
And eventually when
former General John Kelly, the current chief of staff took the
reins, he worked on getting him ousted from the White House. And
I think that is really what this is about.
Steve Bannon thinks
that he is a superstar, the media to their credit built him up
as that. And I think he went
off the rails.
I think this is all about Steve Bannon and his
agenda and I think he lost a thought that he was damaging Trump,
who he helped get elected.
Steve Bannon was
actually misquoted in a lot of ways.
We know that this
book has been widely discredited and it wasn't even just by
Trump's friends, that has been by some of Trump's foes as
And this particular author is considered a tabloid
writer, he is not considered a legitimate author.
This book, we all
know, is fiction. It doesn't surprise me at all that a lot
of what was said is being disputed on all levels by both
Dr Gina Loudon
political analyst and author
RT: How could Bannon's retraction affect the media frenzy
about Trump's alleged mental state. Could it force the media to
admit not everything in 'Fire and Fury' is true?
No, it is pretty much untrue.
I think there is some
truth in it but the reader has been left to figure out what is
true and what is not. Let's face it, Michael Wolff sat inside
the White House, he basically grabbed people as they walked by,
had extensive conversations with Steve Bannon.
He has admitted to
some extent some stuff isn't fully verified. And on top of that,
he has gotten information from Steve Bannon that is second-hand
comments and he has quoted them as first-hand.
So, it is a great
fiction work and it is good entertainment. But I think the
fallout is going to be the same as every other controversy thus
far on Trump. If you look at approval ratings, maybe they take a
But in reality, the
support behind Trump seems to be unwavering. And this is another
I don't think this has much impact on the
president going forward. I think it just shows that there is a
few people that he has put himself around, that he may need to
take a second look at.
Steve Bannon was one
of them, this is already done. I think at the end of the day,
these things are a big joke and we've been left to just figure
this stuff out.
North Korea praises 'Fire and Fury' book for foretelling...
'Trump's Political Demise'
by Kim Hjelmgaard
January 11, 2018
'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'
display as they go on sale at a bookshop, in London.
Michael Wolff's decision
to publish 'Fire and Fury' after Trump's
filed a cease-and-desist letter
was an unprecedented move.
Michael Wolff's revealing book about President Trump's White House
has made its way to one of the most isolated corners of the planet:
Kim Jong Un's North Korea, where state media praised it Thursday for
foretelling "Trump's political demise."
The book, Fire and Fury
- Inside the Trump White House, has received
mixed reviews, with some critics and readers claiming it is an unputdownable expose of a juvenile and dysfunctional administration,
and others saying it amounts to little more than unsubstantiated
Pyongyang, though, gave it five stars (out of five).
North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that
robust sales for the book reflected,
"rapidly surging anti-Trump
sentiments in the international community."
The paper added that the,
"anti-Trump book is sweeping all over the
world so Trump is being massively humiliated worldwide" and that
"voices calling for the impeachment of Trump are on the rise not
only in the United States but also abroad."
Since the book was published about a week ago, it,
"has triggered a
debate on whether Trump is qualified to be president, even in
Western Europe," the newspaper said.
Fire and Fury, which takes its title from Trump's threat to unleash
"fire and fury" after North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, sold
29,000 copies its first weekend after being published Friday.
Digital sales topped 250,000, and audio sales exceeded 100,000,
according to John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, the parent company of
the book's publisher, Henry Holt and Co.
The publisher increased an
initial announced printing of 150,000 to more than 1 million,
according to the Associated Press.
Comments in the book has led to the resignation of Steve Bannon as
executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network. Trump's former
chief strategist is one of the book's major sources.
promised to "take a strong look" at U.S. libel laws because of what
he says is the book's inaccurate and unflattering portrayal of his