Trump’s family, friends and campaign staff were reportedly stunned when he claimed victory. PHOTO/PA
Donald Trump’s first year in office was a turbulent one rocked by numerous dramas.
The President hit the headlines for his deluge of rash, offensive tweets, faced further accusations of sexual assault and found himself under scrutiny as part of the Special Counsel Russia probe.
But despite multiple reports of a presidency in chaos, Trump maintained that the White House was running perfectly smoothly.
Now, in his forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, Michael Wolff gives a behind-the-scenes look at the tumultuous first months of the administration.
The book, due out next Tuesday, was based on more than 200 interviews with Trump, senior White House staffers and confidantes conducted by Wolff, a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter, according to publisher Henry Holt.
Here are some of the most explosive excerpts, published on Tuesday in New York Magazine .
Wolff claims that no one – not Trump nor anyone involved in his campaign – believed he would win the election.
Trump, he says, did not WANT to win, either. Moreover, no one believed he SHOULD.
Wolff writes: “As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world,” he had told his aide Sam Nunberg at the outset of the race…
“…Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump , who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning.”
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