Writer Michael Wolff took to the airwaves Friday to defend his work behind the new book, Fire and Fury, an in-depth, no-holds-barred look inside the Trump White House. The book was supposed to hit shelves on January 9, but because of the non-stop publicity and overwhelming demand, publishers moved the release date to Friday. The change coincided with Wolff’s much-hyped appearance with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s morning show, Today. “I am certainly, absolutely in every way comfortable with everything reported in this book,” he told Guthrie.
The book has come under withering criticism both from the White House and Trump’s various supporters who rushed to his defense upon news of the book’s publication earlier in the week. Excerpts of the tome were published both by New York magazine and GQ, Wolff penned an article on Thursday for The Hollywood Reporter.
Unnamed sources in Wolff’s book referred to Donald Trump as an “idiot” and a “moron.” The White House has pushed back on the book’s contents claiming they are untrue. A lawyer for Trump sent a “cease and desist” letter both to Wolff and to the book’s publishers.
Of particular note in Fire and Fury are comments by Trump’s former senior strategist, Steve Bannon. Bannon is reported to have criticized in no uncertain terms a meeting including Trump’s son, Donald, Jr., and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with a Russian lawyer having ties to the Kremlin. Wolff writes that Bannon referred to the meeting as both “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Trump has denied that he provided Wolff any access and called the book “phony” and said that it was “full of lies.”