After publishing his bombshell anti-Trump book that included many dozens of salacious claims, Michael Wolff is now admitting he was loose with the truth.
In his new book that hit shelves Friday, which is titled, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Wolff made a slew of claims ranging from President Trump was an “idiot” to first lady Melania Trump cried tears of agony on election night when her husband defeated Hillary Clinton.
As noted by Business Insider, Wolff wrote in an author’s note in the book that he couldn’t verify all of the information in his book.
Wolff’s admission casts significant doubt on the credibility of the erroneous claims he made in his book, which has been refuted by many people who are quoted in the book.
In the book’s prologue, Wolff wrote:
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.
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.
Other top officials mentioned in the book have already publicly announced that the quotes Wolff attributed to them are complete lies.
Anna Wintour, the veteran editor of Vogue, rebuked the claim that she begged Trump to appoint her as his ambassador to the United Kingdom, calling Wolff’s claim: “laughably preposterous.”
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who Wolff wrote in the book warning Trump that he was supposedly being spied on by British spies, called the claims “categorically absurd” and “simply untrue.”
Trump also took an ax to Wolff’s book and claims, tweeting on Thursday that the entire book was “full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.”
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the book was nothing more than “tabloid gossip” and that she wasn’t going to waste “her time or the country’s time” refuting the many laughable claims made in the anti-Trump book.
After claiming Trump didn’t even want to be president, his wife cried on election night when he won, that Trump didn’t know who former Speaker of the House John Boehner was, and claimed several top Trump allies called the former business mogul “stupid,” Wolff is now walking back many of these assertions.
If this many claims have already been proven to be false, how can anyone assume the entire book isn’t a total sham geared toward profiting off falsehoods?
Spoiler: the entire book is probably one big lie.
Source: Business Insider