Talk of Donald Trump’s removal ‘is alive every day’, claims author Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff’s controversial tell-all book on the Trump White House has become an instant bestseller.
Michael Wolff, the author of the controversial White House tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has said there were grounds to believe US President Donald Trump could be removed from office under the 25th Amendment of the US constitution.
He said talk of the amendment – which states the leader of the US can be ejected from the presidency if he or she was deemed unable to fulfil their duties due to physical or mental impairment – is alive in the West Wing “every single day”.
The remarks came as the row over the book, repeatedly slammed by Trump as “fiction” and “garbage”, continued to roil his presidency.
He continued to lash out at his critics on Sunday (Monday NZT). “I’ve had to put up with the fake news from the first day I announced that I would be running for President,” he wrote on Twitter. “Now I have to put up with a fake book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!”
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Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Wolff said he had no preconceived ideas about how the book would turn out and would have been delighted to write about an unlikely president who against the odds was going to succeed.
“[But] he is not going to succeed. It is worse than everybody thought,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary moment in time and the last several days focused on my book, I think is proof of this. This is not an exaggeration, and it’s not unreasonable to say this is 25th Amendment kind of stuff. [White House staff] would say ‘we’re not at 25th Amendment level yet’. This is alarming in every way and then it went to ‘this is a little 25th Amendment’. So the 25th Amendment is a concept that is alive every day in the White House.”
The 25th amendment is a constitutional mechanism for replacing a US President if he or she is unable to do his of her job or dies. It would lead to them being replaced by the vice-president.
The veteran author and journalist went on to defend Steve Bannon, who incurred the full wrath of Trump when he was quoted in the book saying a decision by Donald Jr, Trump’s son, to meet with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
He said: “Steve is a man of very clear beliefs and principles. He made Donald Trump president. He went into this campaign, it had imploded, it was over. Steve was the guy who said ‘there is a case here’.”
On Sunday (Monday NZT), in an apparent attempt to mend fences, Bannon broke his silence: “Donald Trump Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”
I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
– The Telegraph, London