10 questions raised by the Book about Trump

The book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", in which Michael Wolff describes the first year in the White House of President Donald Trump in sober words, is undoubtedly the book of the moment.

The book, which was already a bestseller on Friday, has provoked much controversy and has been widely criticised by Trump, who insists it is "full of lies".

For CNN journalist Chris Cillizza, Wolff's book raises more questions than the answers he gives. Whoever tells the truth and who the real people we think we know are some of Cillizza's ten questions in the book.

1. Did Trump or Wolff speak?


Trump says he has never talked to Wolff about the book while Wolff strongly disagrees. "I do not know if it was an interview or not, but it was definitely official," the author said on an NBC show.

Why should Wolff lie about something that is very easy to test? If it turns out that he did not really speak with Trump, the credibility of the entire book would be compromised, argues Cillizza.

2. Who allowed Wolff's access to the White House?


It looks like the White House is trying to find a scapegoat that will accommodate Wolff's freedom in his efforts to gain access to internal affairs about Trump and his entourage. Officials insist that more than 30 applications have been rejected by Wolff, but he has official quotes with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former Katie Walsh.

3. If nothing is real, why did Trump attack Steve Bannon this week?


While the White House insists that the entire book is built on lies and overwhelming imagination, it presents Bannon as a terrible and loyal person, precisely because of what he says in Wolff's book. Either one or the other.

4. Does Trump's mental health deteriorate?


The central idea of ​​the book is that Trump is unable to be president, and Wolff suggests he is on the decline. If he repeats the same stories every half hour in conversation with his friends, he does it every ten minutes, the book says. Cillizza raises the next question: is it really about the deterioration of the President's sanity, or is Trump simply Trump, aggressive and impetuous, how do we know him?

5. Who are the people Trump calls in the evening?


Wolff writes that the phone is Trump's "real point of contact" with the world, and he calls a small group of friends every night. Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, could be one of them, the CNN journalist believes. But the rest? Who are these people who advise the President, who are undoubtedly powerful people?

6. Who is the true Ivanka Trump?


According to Wolff, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have made a pact: If the opportunity arises in the future, they will be the candidate for the office of US President. The president's daughter appears in the book as an extremely ambitious person who disregards his father, as opposed to the image he has been trying to create since his arrival in Washington, and which focuses on his humanitarian interests.

7. How long did Trump watch on TV?


The president says he's hardly one, but his posts on Twitter show something different. But Wolff's book even describes him as obsessed with cable television. "In the beginning, he ordered next to the already existing two TVs," Wolff writes in the White House. Trump interrupted an interview with The Washington Post five times in 2016 to watch television. Cillizza wonders if he is doing this at meetings on important issues.

8. How did John Kelly change things?


After John Kelly took over as Chief of the White House Cabinet, he was told how to implement structures that make Trump communications more stable and orderly. Cillizza is not sure if Kelly did it.

9. Who does the President really trust?


In Wolff's book, Trump is portrayed as a spirited person who apparently does not trust anyone in his environment, while the people around him, according to Wolff, have no good opinion of him. It's a poisonous combination, especially for someone who practices the country's most stressful job. According to the CNN journalist, a man with such a role must have at least one person he can trust and listen to. But Wolff makes it clear that Trump does not have such a person and maybe he does not even think he needs him.

10. Where is Mike Pence?


On television, the vice president is always close to Trump, but in Wolff's book, Mike Pence is not mentioned too often.

Many Republicans are confident that Pence is always there to suppress Trump's most dangerous instinct. But maybe that's not the case, concludes Cillizza.

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