One of the revelations in Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House seemingly confirmed a nasty secret about Donald Trump. Not only does he brag about sleeping with other men’s wives, he actually targets the wives of his friends, according to the book.
“Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” Wolff wrote. He added disgusting details as well.
“In pursuing a friend’s wife, he would try to persuade the wife that her husband was perhaps not what she thought. Then he’d have his secretary ask the friend into his office; once the friend arrived, Trump would engage in what was, for him, more or less constant sexual banter,” the book claimed.
Wolff paraphrased Trump, “Do you still like having sex with your wife? How often? You must have had a better fuck than your wife? Tell me about it.lhave girls coming in from Los Angeles at three o’clock. We can go upstairs and have a great time. I promise…”
Then came the sick twist: “And all the while, Trump would have his friend’s wife on the speakerphone, listening in.”
From Fire and Fury, here's Trump on his friends' wives –> pic.twitter.com/9imNBaSqm1
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 3, 2018
Wolff’s book has caused quite a stir. The journalist quoted Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon, who reportedly called the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “treasonous.”
Bannon has not denied the remarks, and Axios’ Mike Allen reported that Wolff has recordings to back up the claims in his book.
Even so, some of Wolff’s claims strain credulity. At one point, he wrote that Trump did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was. This is almost certainly false, as Trump has long golfed with Boehner, as far back as 2013.
Trump’s lawyers have challenged the book, arguing that the testimony on which it is based violated multiple non-disclosure agreements.
Furthermore, Wolff’s book claimed that Trump was surprised and miserable to learn that he had won the presidency on November 8, 2016. As PJ Media’s Liz Sheld pointed out to this reporter, this would utterly contradict the Left’s favorite narrative, that Trump “treasonously” “colluded” with Russia in order to win the election. It would also contradict the basic form of Trump’s character — that he considers himself a winner.
That may be the biggest count in favor of the friends’ wives story — it confirms a well-known character flaw in the president. He has previously bragged about sleeping with other men’s wives (notably one whose husband was a prime minister), and his infidelity led to the dissolution of at least his first marriage.
Nothing in the book’s excerpt about Trump trying to sleep with the wives of his friends suggests the president has committed sexual assault, although the behavior with friends would be disgusting, if true.
The report does sound second-hand however, and may be untrustworthy for that reason. Wolff did not claim Trump himself told him about these occasions, and Wolff also did not name a source behind this story. It remains possible Wolff crafted it himself.