"Trump insiders ‘afraid for the country,’ says Michael Wolff" PBS NewsHour 1/8/2018
SUMMARY: Michael Wolff defended his headline-grabbing new book “Fire and Fury” on Monday, saying he “absolutely” stands by his reporting depicting a chaotic first year inside the Trump White House.
“I spent the better part of seven months in close proximity to everyone in the White House,” Wolff told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff in an interview Monday. “I had no agenda. I was perfectly willing to write a book in which Donald Trump was the unexpected successful President.”
But Wolff said his White House sources told him they became increasingly alarmed with Trump’s behavior as his first year in office wore on.
Numerous media outlets have reported on a chaotic atmosphere in the White House since Trump took office. But Wolff’s Book stands out in part for the on-the-record quotes disparaging Trump or members of his family made by top current and former advisers, like former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon’s comments in the book appeared to cause a rift between him and the White House, which distanced itself from Bannon in recent days.