1. Trump likely to lose the presidential race to Democrat Hillary Clinton as well as had already planned to return to private life after the campaign was over. Wolff explains what Trump was thinking toward the end of the campaign:
“Once he lost, Trump would likely be both insanely famous as well as a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka as well as son-in-law Jared would likely be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would likely become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would likely be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that will he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would likely work out for everybody. Losing was winning.”
2. One of Trump’s earliest campaign aides tried to educate the candidate about the Constitution, however Trump grew too bored to make the idea past the Fourth Amendment:
“Early inside campaign, Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate. ‘I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” Nunberg recalled, “before his finger is actually pulling down on his lip as well as his eyes are rolling back in his head.'”
3. Trump did not especially like moving into the White House. The president as well as first lady sleep in separate bedrooms, as well as Trump prohibits White House housekeepers through picking up things he throws on the floor.
“[Trump] retreated to his own bedroom—once since the Kennedy White House that will a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms. inside first days, he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there, as well as a lock on the door, precipitating a brief standoff with the Secret Service, who insisted they have access to the room. He reprimanded the housekeeping staff for picking up his shirt through the floor: “If my shirt is actually on the floor, the idea’s because I want the idea on the floor.” Then he imposed a set of fresh rules: Nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s—nobody knew he was coming as well as the food was safely premade.) Also, he would likely let housekeeping know when he wanted his sheets done, as well as he would likely strip his own bed.”
4. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner struck a deal over who would likely get to run for office first.
“Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime inside future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would likely not be Hillary Clinton; the idea would likely be Ivanka Trump.”
5. Some of Trump’s closest allies, including Rupert Murdoch, were stunned by his lack of understanding on issues of policy. Following a meeting with tech executives during the 2016 transition, Trump reportedly called Murdoch as well as said he would likely expand H-1B visas in order to help the industry.
“Murdoch suggested that will taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall as well as close the borders. however Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, ‘We’ll figure the idea out.'”
“‘What a f–king idiot,’ said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.”
6. Trump seemed angry on his Inauguration Day, according to the book. He fought with his wife as well as was annoyed that will notable celebrities did not want to attend, The fresh York magazine excerpt says.
“Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He was angry that will A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, as well as visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears. Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry as well as pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed.”
7. Bannon, who has repeatedly warned about China’s growing influence as well as economic power, drew parallels between the globe’s second-largest economy as well as Nazi Germany, according to a book excerpt.
“China’s everything. Nothing else matters. We don’t get China right, we don’t get anything right. that will whole thing is actually very simple. China is actually where Nazi Germany was in 1929 to 1930. The Chinese, like the Germans, are the most rational people inside globe, until they’re not. as well as they’re gonna flip like Germany inside ’30s. You’re going to have a hypernationalist state, as well as once that will happens, you can’t put the genie back inside bottle.”
8. Wolff reports that will a spokesman for Trump’s legal team left the job because he feared possible obstruction of justice related to a statement drafted aboard Air Force One that will defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting using a Russian lawyer in June 2016.
“Mark Corallo was instructed not to speak to the press, indeed not to even answer his phone. Later that will week, Corallo, seeing no not bad outcome-as well as privately confiding that will he believed the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice-quit. (The Jarvanka side would likely put the idea out that will Corallo was fired.)”
9. The book says top Trump aides questioned his intelligence in colorful terms. The revelations follow reports that will Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” last year.
“For Steve Mnuchin as well as Reince Priebus, he was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as sh-t.’ For H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on.”
10. Wolff also writes at length about former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, who leads the president’s National Economic Council. Cohn has privately disagreed with Trump once or twice inside past year. however an April email that will, Wolff writes, circulated around the White House “purporting to represent the views of Gary Cohn” takes that will to a fresh level:
“the idea’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won’t read anything – not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is actually bored. as well as his staff is actually no better. Kushner is actually an entitled baby who knows nothing. Bannon is actually an arrogant prick who thinks he’s smarter than he is actually. Trump is actually less a person than a collection of terrible traits. No one will survive the first year however his family. I hate the work, however feel I need to stay because I’m the only person there using a clue what he’s doing. The reason so few jobs have been filled is actually that will they only accept people who pass ridiculous purity tests, even for midlevel policy-creating jobs where the people will never see the light of day. I am in a constant state of shock as well as horror.”
Shortly after excerpts of the book were published on Wednesday, the White House released a statement through the president, in which he said, “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the book was “filled with false as well as misleading accounts through individuals who have no access or influence with the White House.”
A spokeswoman for the first lady said: “Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for President as well as in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would likely win as well as was very happy when he did.”
Wolff says he interviewed more than 0 people, including senior White House staff members, over 18 months to gather information for the book. fresh York magazine, which published a edition of the book excerpts, said Wolff had “no ground rules placed on his access” while he prepared the book.