Michael Wolff admitted Monday that he did not interview Vice President Mike Pence or any Cabinet members, though some of the more incendiary claims in his book “Fire and Fury” are credited to Cabinet members.
The book is dominating the news cycle and claims to portray life “inside the Trump White House.” He made the admission on “CBS This Morning.”
As CNBC reporter John Harwood put it, many of President Donald Trump’s top officials are reported to have said particularly nasty things about the president.
Wolff book on how top aides regard Trump: “For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as shit.’ For H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on.”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 3, 2018
But Wolff admitted to not interviewing any of them for the book.
“Did you speak to any members of the president’s Cabinet for this book?” CBS host Norah O’Donnell, asked him.
Wolff responded, “I did not.”
— Norah O’Donnell (@NorahODonnell) January 8, 2018
Wolff then reiterated claims he’d spent nearly three hours with the president for the book. O’Donnell said, “The president denies he ever spoke to you for this book, at all.”
Wolff responded, “I probably think he had no idea he was speaking to me for this book. 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 responded. “That’s not a journalistic exercise.”
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