- Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” doubled down on the claims in his new tell-all book.
- Wolff said he stands by “absolutely everything” in the book, including assertions questioned by fellow political reporters.
- Meanwhile, the White House continued to attack Wolff, calling him a “guy who made up a lot of stories to try and sell books.”
Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” doubled down on the claims in his new tell-all book, in which he portrays the White House as chaotic and mismanaged and describes a president who is derided, distrusted, and considered unfit for office by even his most senior staff.
After President Donald Trump threatened legal action to prevent the publication of Wolff’s book, officially released on Friday, Wolff defended his journalistic integrity during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday morning.
“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth,” Wolff said of Trump’s attacks on him.
He added that the president’s attempt to stop the publication of the book, a move he called “extraordinary,” will only help him sell more copies of it.
A longtime New York media fixture who’s been accused by fellow journalists of embellishing stories, Wolff said he stands by “absolutely everything” in the book, which includes assertions and quotes that many, including reporters, have questioned.
“I am certainly and absolutely, in every way, comfortable with everything I’ve reported in this book,” he said.
Top New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman called the book “thin but readable.”
“Several things that are true and several that are not. Light in fact-checking and copy-editing,” she tweeted.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on Fox News on Friday morning to continue the White House’s attempts to discredit Wolff.
“It’s absolutely outrageous to make these types of accusations and it’s simply untrue and it’s sad that people are going and making these desperate attempts to attack the president,” she said. “This is a guy who made up a lot of stories to try and sell books and I think more and more people are starting to see that his facts just simply don’t add up.”
Sanders also noted that reporters who are “routinely incredibly critical” of the president have also questioned Wolff’s journalistic credibility.
But many political reporters say that while some of the facts may be wrong in Wolff’s book, its key claims ring true.
“There will be questions about the reporting but a surprising number of people in WH, referenced in this book, basically say this – he’s not capable of being President. These are not his political enemies,” BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay tweeted.
Watch the full interview below:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 5, 2018