The Controversy Behind Michael Wolff’s Book About the Trump White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House book by Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff's latest book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With all that has happened to Trump in his first 9 months in office, it is no surprise that a book with a lot of inside scoops about his time so far in office has shaken up the political world. The book is called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and was just released this week.

Michael Wolff, the author of the book, is no stranger to controversial news. He has spent many years writing and reporting as a journalist. Wolff is known for his time at media outlets such as USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, and Vanity Fair. In these different companies, he was most known for doing reports on the upper-class society of New York, which is where he got to know Trump. One of his most famous pieces is a report on Rupert Murdoch titled The Man Who Owns the News, which documented how the billionaire ran his news empire. For the few months or so, Wolff has had inside access to the Trump White House.

Fire and Fury has caused a lot of controversies lately, especially with current employees at Trump’s White House. Over 200 White House Officials were interviewed in the making of the book, which will most likely include not so known information that could hurt Trump and his administration, or quotes from employees that could jeopardize their job. One example of this was former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, who was quoted in the book saying that managing the president was “like trying to figure out what a child wants.” Walsh is under fire from some in the administration for her apparent role in the book.

Not surprisingly, Trump is furious. Not only is he frustrated that White House officials took part in the book, but claims that the book is based mostly on false claims. Charles Harder, Trump’s attorney, is working with Trump’s legal team to not only file a lawsuit against Wolff and the publisher, but against Steve Bannon as well. Harder also released a statement to Wolff telling him to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination.” He also wants Wolff to issue a retraction of all of the books and publicly apologize.

It will interesting to see how this story pans out and what happens next for Steve Bannon, Trump, Wolff, and everyone else involved in the controversy. Stay tuned for a later update.

About Anthony DuPrau 3 Articles
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