Trump feels the fire & fury

2018-01-07 06:12
President Donald Trump. Picture: Alex Wong / Getty images

President Donald Trump. Picture: Alex Wong / Getty images

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The trainwreck that is the Donald Trump presidency just keeps getting uglier.

After almost a year as the commander in chief of the US, the orange one has only been able to pass one piece of legislation, but the continuing legal probe into possible collusion with Russia, his 05:00 Twitter hissy fits, his inability to run the country and his obsession with fake news have kept him in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Throughout 2017, Trump’s behaviour as president was the dominant national story, not much of which has flattered him or his Republican Party.

Most Americans disapprove of his job performance, and the tax cut that provided his sole major legislative accomplishment.

Then Fire and Fury rained down on him.

American author and journalist Michael Wolff this week released a bombshell book about Trump and his first year in office.

It paints an unflattering portrait of a man who never wanted to be president.

Fire and Fury details inner circle secrets from Trump’s campaign and White House aides.

Based on more than 200 interviews with current and former Trump confidantes and staff, Fire and Fury showcases the president as a fame-hungry dilettante wholly uninterested in the complexities of his job.

As CNN noted, nothing means more to Trump than his image.

He got rich by selling his name, plastering it on buildings, hotels, casinos and golf resorts and he transferred his tough guy “you’re fired” persona to politics, building a personality cult as an ultimate winner and tough-talking president.

He senses good angles when on camera and he’s obsessed with polls, the size of his crowds and the flattery dished out by foreign leaders.

But as the US consumes the new book, Trump is being forced to watch as his prized image is ripped to shreds.

Wolff, in some cases using on-the-record quotes, sketches an image far removed from the one Trump constructed.

It’s a picture of a president who knows little of policy details and cares less and appears not to perceive the vast responsibilities of his role.

Sometimes, this version of Trump appears fragile and out of control, prone to emotional and impulsive reactions, and he seems lonely in the White House.

Predictably, late-night comedians and Twitter have had a field day with this book, most notably picking up the dirtiest and most outrageous statements in Fire and Fury.

There are a lot of these, but they can detract attention from some of the more serious claims in the book.

Some of the harshest commentary came from Steve Bannon, the right wing firebrand who headed the final stage of Trump’s campaign and became chief strategist at the White House, before being fired in August.

He called it “treasonous” for top Trump advisers to meet Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Contradicting the president’s assertions that he knew nothing of that meeting until much later, Bannon said there was “zero” chance that Donald Trump junior did not take those Russians to his father’s office that day.

On Thursday, Trump’s lawyer said he would try to stop publication of the book and issued a cease and desist letter to the publishers.

The publishers then announced that the book would be on sale as from last Friday, instead of Tuesday this week. – Sources: CNN, CNBC, Axios, Reuters

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