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Fire and Fury: The book that makes waves in the WH
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:55 pm    Post subject: Trump’s Open Meeting Only Proves Michael Wolff Right Reply with quote

Donald Trump’s Open Meeting Just Proves How Right Michael Wolff Is
The televised meeting that was supposed to show his mastery at the deal only showed what a doofus he is. All the king’s men couldn’t put it together again.
BY Margaret Carlson

The biggest, the best, the longest White House reality episode took place on Tuesday to dismal ratings. Rather than be the sure-fire, live-cast way to change the subject from Michael Wolff's book in which his staff and others declared his dangerous incompetence and show Trump at his deal-making best, the meeting revealed that on the whole Wolff got it right.

Trump had only to hold two things in his mind at the same time. DACA, yes; the Wall he chanted about at every campaign rally, yes. And oh, don’t be wooed by Democrats. Do not flirt, as he did with Chuck and Nancy over Chinese food. Do not believe they like you. Do not give in to the thrill of the deal. Democrats are the enemy.

But he couldn’t do that and his failure happened in real time for everyone to witness. Did you see, social media buzzed, what Trump just said to Senator Dianne Feinstein about a clean bill being great and he would take the heat.

Can you believe it?

No one could, least of all his advisors who thought they were having a much-needed do-over after their major pushback on Sunday failed. Stephen Miller’s mindless, repetitive defense of Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper got him cut off and then escorted out of the building. Let Trump be a prepared president with a task so simple even he can’t blow it. Instead they had to watch in horror as he failed to perform. When Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the smart one in the room and you have to erase incriminating parts of the transcript like a Kremlin operative, you know it’s been a spectacular failure.

Trump’s display cracks his truce with Capitol Hill after pushing through tax cuts. House conservatives in the Freedom Caucus feel as warmly about Trump’s Bill of Love as they did about the Summer of Love. Their limited openness to agree to a non-monolithic wall--more fencing and high-tech surveillance and less money for an actual wall--is dead in light of Trump’s televised squishiness. They've told the new clean-up-the-mess Gang of Four congressional leaders convening in emergency session today that it’s $18 billion in concrete or bust.

What the White House actually accomplished Tuesday is the opposite of what it set out to do—set the bar low and show a president carrying out presidential tasks competently. If this had been Trump at the first tee, he’d have shanked it 50 yards into the woods. Into the bargain, the White House staff took more mulligans than Clinton ever did. Aside from giving in to his Democratic captors, all the king’s men couldn’t keep him from going off script to long nostalgically for the olden days of Jack Abramoff memorial earmarks.

Trump inadvertently demonstrated what Wolff, convinced of his own superiority, could not do in round-the-clock interviews with friendly anchors: that despite Wolff himself being above the rigor and rules of mere journalists, on the larger truth he is right. The president is impulsive, uncontrollable and unteachable, burdened with an ignorance he doesn’t have the self-awareness to realize he has or the discipline to overcome it. Rather than show he's "like, really smart" and went to "the best colleges for college," Trump showed that the job reduced to its simplest level is beyond his grasp leaving his advisers sickened like parents watching their well-coached child put a square peg in a round hole at a pre-school admissions interview.

No wonder his staff is leaving in record-breaking droves, the latest reported to be on their way out the door including White House counsel Don McGahn and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, with no one clamoring to replace them. The made-for-TV after-school special made an indelible impression on them, and viewers, that Trump at his very best may never be better than most of us at our very worst.

Will he ever rise to the occasion or to the job or ever, pivot? The pre-schoolers will learn, but Trump will not.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:45 pm    Post subject: Fareed Zakaria: Steve Bannon has a point Reply with quote

Fareed Zakaria: Steve Bannon has a point
CNN's Fareed Zakaria says Michael Wolff’s new book has uncovered an important political development, one that explains the real rift between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. Trump seems to have abandoned populism.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:50 am    Post subject: Michael Wolff: Current Affairs Reply with quote

"Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff joins Bill to discuss his inside account of the Trump Administration's first year and some salacious details that didn't make it into the book.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:20 pm    Post subject: Another Bombshell Book: ‘Defiance Disorder’ Reply with quote

Book: Bannon Told Ivanka, ‘You Don’t Know What You’re Doing’

‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump’s White House

Another bombshell book on palace intrigue inside the Trump White House will be published by the end of the month. This time it is the turn of Fox News host Howard Kurtz to dish on the personal battles and the gossip reverberating around the West Wing. The book, entitled Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth, comes fresh on the heels of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. According to excerpts detailed in The Washington Post, Kurtz presents a portrait of a chaotic West Wing, filled with leaks, amid a daily struggle by aides to respond to the president’s tweets. The former Daily Beast columnist also claims that many in the White House suspect the president himself and his daughter Ivanka have been the source of notable leaks to the press. He says aides call Trump's behavior “Defiance Disorder,” a reference to his inability to follow the advice of his advisers. There were reportedly occasions, however, when Trump did side with advisers against his children—Kurtz recounts one meeting in the Oval Office in which Steve Bannon blamed Ivanka for a leak and Trump said to her: “Baby, I think Steve’s right here.” Bannon told Ivanka, according to Kurtz. “You love your dad. I get that. But you’re just another staffer who doesn’t know what you’re doing.”

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