White House aides were caught off-guard by the explosive claims in a book on the Trump administration
- White House aides were reportedly scrambling to do damage-control as excerpts from an explosive new book on the Trump administration made the rounds on Wednesday.
- The book, written by journalist Michael Wolff, paints the picture of a West Wing continuously mired in conflict under President Donald Trump.
- According to the excerpts, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered the most stinging blows, targeting Trump's adult children and Trump himself, among others.
The multiple explosive passages from a new book on life inside the Trump administration sent White House aides scrambling to do damage-control on Wednesday.
Portions of the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," paint a picture of a chaotic and bitterly divided West Wing under President Donald Trump.
The claims, though explosive, reflected much of what was already publicly known about the current administration, but the most salacious commentary — coming from the president's former chief strategist Steve Bannon — left White House staffers reeling just three days after returning to work from a long holiday break.
A report from The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker on Wednesday night noted that Trump's aides "thought they had more time to prepare for the book's formal release." Instead, they spent a portion of their day trying to obtain a copy of the book, brainstorming the president's response, and fielding calls from allies as a steady trickle of salacious clips propagated online.
Trump staffers were in a similar predicament less than a week ago; blindsided by big Trump-related news that dominated headlines worldwide after The New York Times published a story based on a 30-minute, unsupervised interview with the president.
The interview, which took place with a Times reporter while Trump enjoyed some downtime at one of his golf resorts in Florida, apparently blindsided Trump staffers back in Washington. One unnamed White House aide who The Washington Post described as "frustrated" called Trump's interview "embarrassing."
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