A new book has offered an explosive insight into Donald Trump’s Presidency – claiming that the divisive US leader never actually wanted to defeat Hillary Clinton at the polls in 2016.
The sensational claims are alleged by journalist Michael Wolff in new book ‘Fire And Fury: The Trump White House’, which offers a unique and often dark take into Trump’s Presidency.
Here’s some of the biggest revelations to have emerged from Wolff’s book.
Trump was ‘horrified’ when he won.
Wolff says that Trump never actually wanted to win. Instead, he intended to lose by a narrow margin that would then allow him to join forces with the late Fox News boss Roger Ailes to create a successful brand of Trump TV.
Wolff claims: ‘There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.’
Melania Trump was in tears at Trump’s victory.
Similar disbelief was seen from First Lady Melania Trump.
‘Melania was in tears — and not of joy’, Wolff says.
He also alleges that Trump had personally assured her of his loss, so she could return to ‘inconspicuous lunching’.
A spokesperson for Melania Trump has since described the claims as ‘fiction’
He’s afraid of being poisoned by his toothbrush.
Trump’s Germophobia has long been documented, although certainly not to this extent.
Wolff says: ‘He imposed a set of new rules: Nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.)’
Rupert Murdoch isn’t a big fan of him
Fox magnate Rupert Murdoch reportedly clashed with Trump over his plans for H1-B Visas, which allow specialist workers to enter the United States.
‘Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders’, Wolff says.
‘But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, “We’ll figure it out.”
“What a fucking idiot,” said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.
He shouted at cleaners who picked his shirt off the floor
After moving into the White House, Trump reportedly had a stand off with the Secret Service, who objected to his plans for a bedroom door lock as they require access at all times.
He also ‘reprimanded the housekeeping staff for picking up his shirt from the floor: “If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor.”’
Ivanka reveals why his hair looks so unusual
Ivanka Trump reportedly revealed to friends why her father’s hair often gives the look of a shoddy combover – claiming that it is directly related to scalp reduction surgery.
‘She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others’, Wolff claims.
‘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 color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.’
He enjoys watching television in bed while eating cheeseburgers
Trump is known as a prominent McDonald’s fan, although it seems that his obsession perhaps goes to entirely new levels.
‘If he was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls — the phone was his true contact point with the world — to a small group of friends, who charted his rising and falling levels of agitation through the evening and then compared notes with one another’, Wolff claimed.