Fire and Fury documents the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. CNN got excerpts of the book – in which Trump’s former senior strategist Steve Bannon once called the President’s daughter Ivanka “dumb as a brick.”
Bannon, who left the White House to return to Breitbart News, didn’t respond to requests for comment but a source close to him reportedly did not deny the insult. Here are some of the excerpts from the book we found particularly interesting:
- Trump wondered what a golden shower was after hearing reports of the intelligence dossier that alleges that Russian security forces have compromising details about the president. “Having dispensed with Jeff Zucker, the president of the United States went on to speculate on what was involved with a golden shower,” Wolff writes.
- Trump didn’t want to win, and no one in his campaign thought he would win. “Well, it would only be a problem if we won,” former national security adviser Michael Flynn assured his friends about his decision to accept $45,000 for a speech in Russia. Trump reassured Melania that he would not win the election. On election night, when it became clear that he would win, “Melania was in tears—and not of joy.”
- Trump’s daughter Ivanka described Trump’s hair as a perfectly engineered hairdo that takes many steps to complete. “She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate—a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery—surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray,” the book says.
- Trump eats at McDonald’s so often out of paranoia and because he is a germaphobe. “Long afraid of being poisoned, he would say that one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s was that nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely prepared,” the book says.
- Trump would mention getting in bed with other women. “Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” the book claims.
- As a candidate, Trump had no interest in learning about the Constitution, which he knew very little about. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head,” said Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to the Trump campaign.
Trump responded to Bannon’s alleged statements curtly. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” President Trump wrote in a statement distributed by the White House. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”