Two Things About ‘Fire and Fury’ Being Overlooked

Wolff

Today is the launch of the book “Fire and Fury” that was originally showcased in a feud between the President and Steve Bannon this week.

Like always the media goes for what’s sexy like Bannon vs Trump and lock-on like a four-year-old. But, in their haste to watch Trump and Bannon’s fight they miss other interesting excerpts, for example, what about the Ivanka Trump excerpt?

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One passage that happened to catch some eyes was one about Ivanka Trump and the implications could be huge. In “Fire and Fury.”

“Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”

Wolff’s book is showing an image of Ivanka Trump being hugely ambitious and not the mannered humanitarian she portrays. Wolff even hints that Ivanka is at times dismissive of her father, which we’ve actually seen (Her Roy Moore condemnation).

The thought of Ivanka as “sharp-elbowed operator” doesn’t seem to be a surprise. She runs her own global company and is down the hall from the President of the United States. The thought that she is not an ambitious person would seem more surprising.

I will say this though that is quite the claim and it would have to come from Jared or Ivanka themselves and I’m just not sure that occured. However, I would bet a lot of Trump supporters would vote for Ivanka to become President.

Second, who gave Michael Wolff access to the White House? And with his reputation what did you think was going to happen when you did?

Chris Cizilla is reporting that in the White House their appears to be a lot of “CYA” going on. It looks like Wolff got unlimited access to the inner workings of the Trump White House so it had to come from a senior official. One does not just sneak into the West Wing and interview Steve Bannon and Katie Walsh. The equivalent is someone in the Obama White House giving Sean Hannity unlimited access.
If you’re a President you want to control the narrative coming out of your office, not let the fox in the hen house. If the President and his senior staff allowed Wolff in then they are just going to have to deal with the results. I’m surprised no one has blamed Reince Priebus for this after all he was the Chief of Staff.

This is not an endorsement at all of Wolff’s book matter of fact we should all use caution. Slate.com even said:

Michael Wolff is notorious for making provocative claims without backing them up—and that he was once described by one of his own editors as having no skill greater than creating the “appearance” of knowing things he does not in fact know.

Also after the release of the book CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “The sourcing in Wolff’s book is left vague (and thus opens doors to questions about reliability) but let’s not pretend this is a new thing in these types of books. I’m all for end notes to at least attempt to describe where information came from but the publishing world shrugs.”

However, Wolff could release all the taped conversations (and I would charge a pretty penny too if I was him) and totally blow speculation out of the water. If Wolff doesn’t release the tapes or limits it to a few unimportant interviews it will be telling as to the validity about some of these quotes.