(National Sentinel) Unsubstantiated: The author of an anti-Trump book set for release said during an interview Tuesday he did not interview any members of the president’s Cabinet, casting fresh doubts about the book’s overall truthfulness.
In an interview with CBS‘ “This Morning” program, Wolff was asked by host Norah O’Donnell, “Did you speak to any members of the president’s Cabinet for this book?”
“I did not,” Wolff responded.
“You did not?” O’Donnell repeated.
“I did not,” Wolff confirmed.
She then asked Wolff if he ever spoke to Vice President Mike Pence for his tome.
Again, he responded, “I did not.”
O’Donnell then noted that President Trump has also publicly tweeted that he never granted “access” to Wolff or spoke to him during his time researching the book.
“The president denies he ever spoke to you for the book, at all,” O’Donnell said.
“I probably think he had no idea he was speaking to me for this book,” Wolff said. “When I would meet the president in the White House we would chat as though we were friends.”
“But that’s not an interview, to greet someone and say, ‘Hello,’” O’Donnell pointed out. “That’s not a journalistic exercise.”
The author then struggled to explain away O’Donnell’s point, insisting that he did sit down with Trump for three hours during his months in the White House, even though Wolff was “sure he [Trump] didn’t think they were interviews.”
In his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Wolff includes several quotes from multiple Cabinet secretaries, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
“For (Treasury Secretary) Steve Mnuchin and (former Trump White House chief of staff) Reince Priebus, the president was an ‘idiot.’ For (former Goldman Sachs exec) Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as sh-t.’ For (National Security Adviser) H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on,” Wolff wrote.
Last week, reports said that in an author’s note included in the book, Wolff admitted there was much he could not verify, which initially cast suspicion and doubt on the book’s veracity.
He said several of his sources were flatly lying to him, while others said things that were contradictory in nature.
Many of those were nonetheless included in his book. Wolff said in his author’s note that he and the publisher are including them, “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.
In other instances, Wolff said he used his instincts as a journalist to relay “a version of events I believe to be true.”
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book,” he wrote.
“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true,” he continued.
Several people quoted by Wolff have already denied making the comments.
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