Bob Woodward’s New Book Scorches Earth Under Donald Trump, With John F. Kelly Proclaiming, “We’re In Crazytown”

In a scorching tease of Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about President Donald Trump, which lands next week, the Washington Post has published a sampling of its charges. The damning catalog appears to paint a far worse picture than that in Michae…

In a scorching tease of Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about President Donald Trump, which lands next week, the Washington Post has published a sampling of its charges. The damning catalog appears to paint a far worse picture than that in Michael Woolf’s mega-selling Fire and Fury. Among its allegations, the book says Trump did a mock-interview with his then-lawyer John Dowd, as preparation for testifying for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. During that session, he…

‘Fire and Fury’ Author Michael Wolff: ‘Thank God for Donald Trump’

CANNES, France — Donald Trump’s spastic reaction to Michael Wolff’s controversial best-seller “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” helped the book sell millions of copies — and for that, Wolff is truly grateful. &…

CANNES, France — Donald Trump’s spastic reaction to Michael Wolff’s controversial best-seller “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” helped the book sell millions of copies — and for that, Wolff is truly grateful. “Once a day, I cast my eyes heavenward, and say, ‘Thank God for Donald Trump,'” said Wolff, speaking Monday at […]

Did Ayatollah Khamenei Just Troll Trump? Iran’s Leader Shares Photo of Himself Reading ‘Fire and Fury’

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to disparage President Trump on his Instagram account on Friday just a few days after POTUS pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and placed more sanctions on the country.

Khamenei posted an image of himself reading a Persian translation of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff’s much-discussed book that paints a picture of chaos at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.

“The leader of the revolution browsing a book about #Trump, President of America,” reads a rough translation of Khamenei’s post.

It’s unclear whether the book is an official Persian copy or an unofficial knockoff.  Publisher Harry Holt did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from TheWrap.

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The book, which reflected Trump and his administration in a poor light, caused a major stir in the United States after it was released in January. For weeks Wolff was a ubiquitous television presence storming sets from morning to prime time on MSNBC, CNN and international outlets. Growing questions about the book’s veracity came to a head, however, after an appearance on Bill Maher in which Wolff suggested that Trump and U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley were secretly having an affair. (Haley offered a strenuous denial at the time, saying the speculation was “disgusting” and “highly offensive.”)

 

Khameni said Wednesday that Trump “made a mistake” by exiting the nuclear deal.

“I said from the first day: don’t trust America,” Khamenei said.

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to disparage President Trump on his Instagram account on Friday just a few days after POTUS pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and placed more sanctions on the country.

Khamenei posted an image of himself reading a Persian translation of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff’s much-discussed book that paints a picture of chaos at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.

“The leader of the revolution browsing a book about #Trump, President of America,” reads a rough translation of Khamenei’s post.

It’s unclear whether the book is an official Persian copy or an unofficial knockoff.  Publisher Harry Holt did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from TheWrap.

The book, which reflected Trump and his administration in a poor light, caused a major stir in the United States after it was released in January. For weeks Wolff was a ubiquitous television presence storming sets from morning to prime time on MSNBC, CNN and international outlets. Growing questions about the book’s veracity came to a head, however, after an appearance on Bill Maher in which Wolff suggested that Trump and U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley were secretly having an affair. (Haley offered a strenuous denial at the time, saying the speculation was “disgusting” and “highly offensive.”)

 

Khameni said Wednesday that Trump “made a mistake” by exiting the nuclear deal.

“I said from the first day: don’t trust America,” Khamenei said.

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Peter Bart: Saudi Crown Prince Visit Shows Global Appetite Of Hollywood, And Endeavor

The demonstrators outside the WME-Endeavor offices Monday provided a reminder that the role of the talent agency is undergoing a radical change – one that is reverberating on varied fronts.
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Jay Roach to Direct ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Adaptation

The TV adaptation of Michael Wolff’s bestselling “Fire and Fury” has found its director.

Jay Roach, who has tackled politics in previous projects like “Game Change,” “Trumbo,” and “Recount,” has signed on to adapt the series from Endeavor Content.

The director had recently signed on to another installment of the “Game Change” franchise at HBO, this time a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election from from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. However, that project was dropped last October following sexual misconduct allegations against Halperin.

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Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” published in January, quickly became the hottest seller in the country after an excerpt published in New York magazine portrayed the Trump administration as wildly mismanaged and run by chaos. The contents of the book were widely discussed in the media and by the administration, going as far as Trump himself threatening legal action.

Roach will executive produce the adaptation alongside Wolff, John Lyons (“Boogie Nights”, “The Young Pope”) and veteran Channel 4 and BBC exec Michael Jackson.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Roach’s involvement.

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The TV adaptation of Michael Wolff’s bestselling “Fire and Fury” has found its director.

Jay Roach, who has tackled politics in previous projects like “Game Change,” “Trumbo,” and “Recount,” has signed on to adapt the series from Endeavor Content.

The director had recently signed on to another installment of the “Game Change” franchise at HBO, this time a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election from from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. However, that project was dropped last October following sexual misconduct allegations against Halperin.

Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” published in January, quickly became the hottest seller in the country after an excerpt published in New York magazine portrayed the Trump administration as wildly mismanaged and run by chaos. The contents of the book were widely discussed in the media and by the administration, going as far as Trump himself threatening legal action.

Roach will executive produce the adaptation alongside Wolff, John Lyons (“Boogie Nights”, “The Young Pope”) and veteran Channel 4 and BBC exec Michael Jackson.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Roach’s involvement.

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‘Game Change’ Emmy winner Jay Roach previously was attached to helm HBO’s since-scrapped 2016 presidential election miniseries from Mark Halperin.
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Donald Trump Reconsiders His Life in ‘Simpsons’ Video ‘A Tale of Two Trumps’

“The Simpsons” team tackles some of Donald Trump’s most persistent obsessions in the new video “A Tale of Two Trumps,” in which the 45th president reconsiders his life choices. The increasingly frequent exits of staff members, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” and Vladimir Putin all get the satirical treatment in the new piece, released on […]

“The Simpsons” team tackles some of Donald Trump’s most persistent obsessions in the new video “A Tale of Two Trumps,” in which the 45th president reconsiders his life choices. The increasingly frequent exits of staff members, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” and Vladimir Putin all get the satirical treatment in the new piece, released on […]

Michael Wolff Walks Out of TV Interview After Host Asks About Trump Affair

Michael Wolff walks out of interview claiming a broken ear piece after @9NewsAUS asks him about his insinuation that Donald Trump is having an affair.

Host offers open skepticism on-air

“Mr. Wolff was hearing me before but he is not hearing me anymore” pic.twitter.com/UFkpd55RO7

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 26, 2018

Michael Wolff abruptly ended a tough interview on Australian television over the weekend, removing his earpiece and walking out of the studio.

On set with Australia’s “Today” show over the weekend, the “Fire and Fury” author said his earpiece wasn’t working and that he would be unable to answer any further questions. The device had worked perfectly up until Wolff was asked whether he wanted to apologize to President Donald Trump for insinuating that he was currently having an extramarital affair.

“Do you owe the President and the First Lady an apology,” asked host Ben Fordham.

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“I can’t hear you,” said Wolff. “I’m not getting anything.”

“We were hearing each other well just before,” Fordham said while voicing skepticism.

A technician came to assist Wolff with the earpiece, but the author walked off set before it could be attended to.

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“Mr. Wolff was hearing me before, but he’s not hearing me anymore so it looks like the interview may be 0ver,” said Fordham.

The show’s anchors openly doubted the veracity of Wolff’s earpiece claim, and the program’s official Twitter account discounted the author as well.

“We’ve got an update for you on our interview with @MichaelWolffNYC,” the show said. “Footage from our London studio would suggest that there were no audio problems and Wolff had no problem hearing @BenFordham’s question!”

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We’ve got an update for you on our interview with @MichaelWolffNYC. Footage from our London studio would suggest that there were no audio problems and Wolff had no problem hearing @BenFordham‘s question! #9Today pic.twitter.com/dj4AOJht47

— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 25, 2018

Despite a number of factual errors, Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” received a widespread coverage. That changed after he suggested during an interview with Bill Maher that Trump was secretly having an affair with a woman named in the book — later widely assumed to be United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.

Since the Maher interview, Wolff has made a number of appearances overseas. In addition to his Australian appearance, Wolff was grilled during an appearance in the Netherlands, where he was forced to downplay his earlier Trump affair claims.

“I do not know if the president is having an affair,” he said during an interview Thursday with Dutch journalist Twan Huys.

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Michael Wolff abruptly ended a tough interview on Australian television over the weekend, removing his earpiece and walking out of the studio.

On set with Australia’s “Today” show over the weekend, the “Fire and Fury” author said his earpiece wasn’t working and that he would be unable to answer any further questions. The device had worked perfectly up until Wolff was asked whether he wanted to apologize to President Donald Trump for insinuating that he was currently having an extramarital affair.

“Do you owe the President and the First Lady an apology,” asked host Ben Fordham.

“I can’t hear you,” said Wolff. “I’m not getting anything.”

“We were hearing each other well just before,” Fordham said while voicing skepticism.

A technician came to assist Wolff with the earpiece, but the author walked off set before it could be attended to.

“Mr. Wolff was hearing me before, but he’s not hearing me anymore so it looks like the interview may be 0ver,” said Fordham.

The show’s anchors openly doubted the veracity of Wolff’s earpiece claim, and the program’s official Twitter account discounted the author as well.

“We’ve got an update for you on our interview with @MichaelWolffNYC,” the show said. “Footage from our London studio would suggest that there were no audio problems and Wolff had no problem hearing @BenFordham’s question!”

Despite a number of factual errors, Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” received a widespread coverage. That changed after he suggested during an interview with Bill Maher that Trump was secretly having an affair with a woman named in the book — later widely assumed to be United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.

Since the Maher interview, Wolff has made a number of appearances overseas. In addition to his Australian appearance, Wolff was grilled during an appearance in the Netherlands, where he was forced to downplay his earlier Trump affair claims.

“I do not know if the president is having an affair,” he said during an interview Thursday with Dutch journalist Twan Huys.

Watch above

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Michael Wolff Commiserates With Alec Baldwin About Donald Trump Racket

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Michael Wolff Runs To Twitter After Mika Brzezinski Spanks Him For Nikki Haley Rumors

Michael Wolff’s went all looking-over-his-lorgnette about Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski when program panel put his feet to the fire over rumors about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
“My bad, the President is right about Mika,” Wolff meowed:

My bad, the President is right about Mika.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 1, 2018

Haley this week took on rumors she was having an affair with President Donald Trump – a drum beat had begun when Fire and Fury author…

Michael Wolff’s went all looking-over-his-lorgnette about Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski when program panel put his feet to the fire over rumors about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. “My bad, the President is right about Mika,” Wolff meowed: My bad, the President is right about Mika. — Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 1, 2018 Haley this week took on rumors she was having an affair with President Donald Trump – a drum beat had begun when Fire and Fury author…

‘Morning Joe’ Rips Michael Wolff Over Nikki Haley Rumors: ‘It’s Disgraceful!’

WATCH: @morningmika Blows Up Michael Wolff Over Nikki Haley Rumors pic.twitter.com/eJJEGi4sop

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 1, 2018

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff took a beating on the set of “Morning Joe” Thursday as co-host Mika Brzezinksi exploded over the author’s insinuation that Donald Trump might be having an affair with a woman in his administration.

Though Wolff has not named any individual, last week UN Ambassador Nikki Haley felt compelled to dismiss the “disgusting” rumors.

And that angered Brzezinski. “I’m going to go as far as to say you might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this but you’re slurring a woman, it’s disgraceful,” she told the author. “You’re on the set of ‘Morning Joe,’ we don’t BS here.”

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Wolff first made the insinuation during an interview on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Jan. 19 but on “Morning Joe” he attempted to wriggle out of it.

“I didn’t infer anything about Nikki Haley. What I inferred was that the president and many of the people around the president believe he is still involved with various women,” said Wolff.

Haley, for her part, has unequivocally denied any rumors of a relationship between her and Trump.

“[Haley] has been accused of nothing, she has decided to deny what she has not been accused of. Certainly I didn’t accuse her of this,” said Wolff, before demanding Brzezinksi read back anything he’s said to show otherwise.

But Brzezinksi wasn’t having it.

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“Are you kidding me? I’m not reading you anything. If you don’t get what we’re talking about, I’m sorry, this is awkward, you’re here on the set with us, but we’re done.”

The show then went to break.

TheWrap reached out to Wolff for his snap reaction to the drubbing, but he did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff took a beating on the set of “Morning Joe” Thursday as co-host Mika Brzezinksi exploded over the author’s insinuation that Donald Trump might be having an affair with a woman in his administration.

Though Wolff has not named any individual, last week UN Ambassador Nikki Haley felt compelled to dismiss the “disgusting” rumors.

And that angered Brzezinski. “I’m going to go as far as to say you might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this but you’re slurring a woman, it’s disgraceful,” she told the author. “You’re on the set of ‘Morning Joe,’ we don’t BS here.”

Wolff first made the insinuation during an interview on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Jan. 19 but on “Morning Joe” he attempted to wriggle out of it.

“I didn’t infer anything about Nikki Haley. What I inferred was that the president and many of the people around the president believe he is still involved with various women,” said Wolff.

Haley, for her part, has unequivocally denied any rumors of a relationship between her and Trump.

“[Haley] has been accused of nothing, she has decided to deny what she has not been accused of. Certainly I didn’t accuse her of this,” said Wolff, before demanding Brzezinksi read back anything he’s said to show otherwise.

But Brzezinksi wasn’t having it.

“Are you kidding me? I’m not reading you anything. If you don’t get what we’re talking about, I’m sorry, this is awkward, you’re here on the set with us, but we’re done.”

The show then went to break.

TheWrap reached out to Wolff for his snap reaction to the drubbing, but he did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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How James Corden Got Hillary Clinton to Do That ‘Fire and Fury’ Bit at the Grammys (Video)

Hillary Clinton stole the Grammys with her surprise “Fire and Fury” moment — but it almost didn’t even happen, James Corden said a day later.

“We had the idea to do that about 11 days ago,” the awards show host said Monday on his regular “Late Late Show” gig. “But we could only do it if Hillary Clinton is the last person to read. Without that, we don’t know what to do.”

“So we emailed her people and we had not heard anything, but we had to get on and shoot it,” Corden continued. “So we basically — we just lied to everyone.”

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“We told Cher, ‘Oh, Hillary’s doing it,’” he recalled. “DJ Khaled, Snoop, Cardi B, John Legend — they all said ‘Yes’ because they thought that Hillary was doing it. And we had no idea whether Hillary would do it or not. We’d show all the parts without her even being there.”

“Thankfully, she said ‘Yes,’ because that is not a call I want to make to Cher,” Corden concluded.

Watch his story-sharing video above, and the actual viral Grammys one below.

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Hillary Clinton stole the Grammys with her surprise “Fire and Fury” moment — but it almost didn’t even happen, James Corden said a day later.

“We had the idea to do that about 11 days ago,” the awards show host said Monday on his regular “Late Late Show” gig. “But we could only do it if Hillary Clinton is the last person to read. Without that, we don’t know what to do.”

“So we emailed her people and we had not heard anything, but we had to get on and shoot it,” Corden continued. “So we basically — we just lied to everyone.”

“We told Cher, ‘Oh, Hillary’s doing it,'” he recalled. “DJ Khaled, Snoop, Cardi B, John Legend — they all said ‘Yes’ because they thought that Hillary was doing it. And we had no idea whether Hillary would do it or not. We’d show all the parts without her even being there.”

“Thankfully, she said ‘Yes,’ because that is not a call I want to make to Cher,” Corden concluded.

Watch his story-sharing video above, and the actual viral Grammys one below.

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Nikki Haley: Talk of Trump Affair ‘Disgusting’

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has dismissed “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff’s hints that she’s having an affair with Donald Trump as “disgusting” and “highly offensive.”

While Wolff has admitted he can’t prove the affair, he said last week on “Real Time With Bill Maher” that readers should pay close attention to a section near the end of the book that hints at an affair between her and Trump.

“It is absolutely not true,” Haley said on POLITICO’s Women Rule podcast. “It is highly offensive, and it is disgusting. It amazes me what people will do and the lies they will say for money and power… I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there. He says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”

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On “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday, Wolff said a passage near the end of his book hints at the affair.

“Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say bingo,” Wolff told Maher. At first cagey, he said it was something he is “absolutely sure of, but was so incendiary that I just didn’t have the ultimate proof.”

Wolff hinted that the passage was near the book. Careful readers identified a section where he wrote:

By October, however, many on the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador. Haley — ‘as ambitious as Lucifer,” in the characterization of one member of the senior staff — had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent. Haley had courted and befriended Ivanka, and Ivanka had brought her into the family circle, where she had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.

The book said that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a political future.”

Wolff cited one “senior Trumper” who said the problem with Trump mentoring Haley “is that she is so much smarter than him.”

See Video: ‘Real Time’: Michael Wolff Hints at Current Trump Infidelity Hidden in Bombshell Book

Haley also served as the 116th governor of South Carolina and was the state’s first female governor. She campaigned for Marco Rubio and then supported Ted Cruz, and was one of Trump’s earliest Republican critics. When she gave the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, she seemed to criticize Trump when she said: “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.” Trump responded by calling her “weak” on immigration.

Still, she opted to join Trump’s administration when offered the UN job.

Wolff has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

You can listen to Haley’s full interview here:

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has dismissed “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff’s hints that she’s having an affair with Donald Trump as “disgusting” and “highly offensive.”

While Wolff has admitted he can’t prove the affair, he said last week on “Real Time With Bill Maher” that readers should pay close attention to a section near the end of the book that hints at an affair between her and Trump.

“It is absolutely not true,” Haley said on POLITICO’s Women Rule podcast. “It is highly offensive, and it is disgusting. It amazes me what people will do and the lies they will say for money and power… I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there. He says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”

On “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday, Wolff said a passage near the end of his book hints at the affair.

“Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say bingo,” Wolff told Maher. At first cagey, he said it was something he is “absolutely sure of, but was so incendiary that I just didn’t have the ultimate proof.”

Wolff hinted that the passage was near the book. Careful readers identified a section where he wrote:

By October, however, many on the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador. Haley — ‘as ambitious as Lucifer,” in the characterization of one member of the senior staff — had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent. Haley had courted and befriended Ivanka, and Ivanka had brought her into the family circle, where she had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.

The book said that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a political future.”

Wolff cited one “senior Trumper” who said the problem with Trump mentoring Haley “is that she is so much smarter than him.”

Haley also served as the 116th governor of South Carolina and was the state’s first female governor. She campaigned for Marco Rubio and then supported Ted Cruz, and was one of Trump’s earliest Republican critics. When she gave the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, she seemed to criticize Trump when she said: “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.” Trump responded by calling her “weak” on immigration.

Still, she opted to join Trump’s administration when offered the UN job.

Wolff has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

You can listen to Haley’s full interview here:

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Michael Wolff’s Trump Affair Clues Point to Nikki Haley, and We Hate This Story (Column)

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff’s accusation that President Trump is currently having an affair set off online speculation Saturday about who the other party might be. Based on Wolff’s clues, it appears he’s making insinuations about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

A quick side note before we go further: This is gross on every level. We don’t have any evidence whatsoever to suggest that what Wolff is hinting at is true, so please consider this a story about an author making an accusation he admits he can’t prove.

That said, Wolff went on “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday to provide some encouragement to readers who may have given up halfway through “Fire and Fury” when he said a passage near the end of his book hints at the affair.

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“Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say bingo,” Wolff told Maher.

We’ve read the book. While there are icky descriptions about Trump’s behavior with his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, they come before the book’s midway point. (“You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!” Trump is quoted as telling Hicks about an ex, which Wolff says sent  Hicks “running from the room.”)

The only passage we’ve found near the end of the book that references a Trump relationship with a woman who isn’t his wife or daughter is this one:

By October, however, many on the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador. Haley — ‘as ambitious as Lucifer,” in the characterization of one member of the senior staff — had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent. Haley had courted and befriended Ivanka, and Ivanka had brought her into the family circle, where she had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.

Bingo? Wolff adds that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a political future.”

Wolff cited one “senior Trumper” who said the problem with Trump mentoring Haley “is that she is so much smarter than him.”

Also Read: ‘Real Time’: Michael Wolff Hints at Current Trump Infidelity Hidden in Bombshell Book (Video)

The White House, Haley and Wolff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There are many problems with this theory, aside from Wolff going on national television to accuse people of having affairs. Among them: Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was one of Trump’s early Republican critics.

She campaigned for Marco Rubio and then supported Ted Cruz. When she gave the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, she seemed to criticize Trump when she said: “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.” Trump responded by calling her “weak” on immigration.

Trump also tweeted:

The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2016

Like many Republicans, however, Haley signed on to work with Trump after his election.

Haley is a married child of Indian immigrants who turned 46 today. Happy birthday.

Here are some tweets from people who read between the lines:

In just the past two days Michael Wolff intimated Trump & Nikki Haley are having an affair, a porn star said Trump asked her to spank his bottom with a Forbes Magazine, Glenn Simpson accused Trump of money-laundering & cavorting with Russian mobsters & the government shutdown.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 20, 2018

It sure sounds like Michael Wolff just accused Donald Trump of having an affair with Nikki Haley https://t.co/llBbjbmC2T

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 20, 2018

At this point it’s mere speculation, but Michael Wolff has said that a paragraph toward the back of FIRE AND FURY reveals who Trump’s current mistress is (an affair that opens the president up to blackmail) and many online are insisting that THIS is the paragraph Wolff refers to: pic.twitter.com/qVRiPjZ5yX

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 20, 2018

And a rebuttal:

I doubt Nikki Haley is having an affair with Trump. I’m sure Trump’s lover is white. https://t.co/O4YkaVOoDI

— Jim McIver (@klemmett_r) January 20, 2018

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“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff’s accusation that President Trump is currently having an affair set off online speculation Saturday about who the other party might be. Based on Wolff’s clues, it appears he’s making insinuations about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

A quick side note before we go further: This is gross on every level. We don’t have any evidence whatsoever to suggest that what Wolff is hinting at is true, so please consider this a story about an author making an accusation he admits he can’t prove.

That said, Wolff went on “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday to provide some encouragement to readers who may have given up halfway through “Fire and Fury” when he said a passage near the end of his book hints at the affair.

“Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say bingo,” Wolff told Maher.

We’ve read the book. While there are icky descriptions about Trump’s behavior with his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, they come before the book’s midway point. (“You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!” Trump is quoted as telling Hicks about an ex, which Wolff says sent  Hicks “running from the room.”)

The only passage we’ve found near the end of the book that references a Trump relationship with a woman who isn’t his wife or daughter is this one:

By October, however, many on the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador. Haley — ‘as ambitious as Lucifer,” in the characterization of one member of the senior staff — had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent. Haley had courted and befriended Ivanka, and Ivanka had brought her into the family circle, where she had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.

Bingo? Wolff adds that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a political future.”

Wolff cited one “senior Trumper” who said the problem with Trump mentoring Haley “is that she is so much smarter than him.”

The White House, Haley and Wolff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There are many problems with this theory, aside from Wolff going on national television to accuse people of having affairs. Among them: Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was one of Trump’s early Republican critics.

She campaigned for Marco Rubio and then supported Ted Cruz. When she gave the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, she seemed to criticize Trump when she said: “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.” Trump responded by calling her “weak” on immigration.

Trump also tweeted:

Like many Republicans, however, Haley signed on to work with Trump after his election.

Haley is a married child of Indian immigrants who turned 46 today. Happy birthday.

Here are some tweets from people who read between the lines:

And a rebuttal:

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Donald Trump Book ‘Fire And Fury’ In Works As TV Series

Those who consider the Donald Trump administration a reality show might get themselves a companion program. Endeavor Content has acquired rights to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House with an eye on turning it into a TV series. No network is attached.
Wolff, who made the news and talk shows rounds to plug the presidential tell-all, is set as executive producer, and Michael Jackson, the UK TV veteran who now runs London-based Two Cities Television…

Those who consider the Donald Trump administration a reality show might get themselves a companion program. Endeavor Content has acquired rights to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House with an eye on turning it into a TV series. No network is attached. Wolff, who made the news and talk shows rounds to plug the presidential tell-all, is set as executive producer, and Michael Jackson, the UK TV veteran who now runs London-based Two Cities Television…

‘Fire And Fury’ Sets Sales Record For Publisher Holt: 1.4M Hardcover On Order

Anyone watching cable news the last week won’t be surprised by book sales figures just released for Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. According to publisher Henry Holt, the company has 1.4 million hardcover books on order and will have shipped more than 700,000 copies to date.
The Macmillan imprint says the figure sets a new record for the publisher, and “an historic rate of sales velocity driven by consumer demand for books across all formats.”
Fire and Fury will debut on Th…

Anyone watching cable news the last week won’t be surprised by book sales figures just released for Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. According to publisher Henry Holt, the company has 1.4 million hardcover books on order and will have shipped more than 700,000 copies to date. The Macmillan imprint says the figure sets a new record for the publisher, and “an historic rate of sales velocity driven by consumer demand for books across all formats.” Fire and Fury will debut on Th…

“Melania Trump” Visits Stephen Colbert To Refute Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire And Fury’

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he’s going to “take a strong look at our country’s libel laws,” which he said are “a sham and a disgrace and do not reflect American values,” remarks made presumably in response to Michael Wolff’s barn-burner, Fire and Fury.
Wednesday night, “First Lady Melania Trump” (aka, actress Laura Benanti)  stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to debunk the “pure fiction fake book” that is such an irritant to her “husband,” but a…

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he’s going to “take a strong look at our country’s libel laws,” which he said are “a sham and a disgrace and do not reflect American values,” remarks made presumably in response to Michael Wolff’s barn-burner, Fire and Fury. Wednesday night, “First Lady Melania Trump” (aka, actress Laura Benanti)  stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to debunk the “pure fiction fake book” that is such an irritant to her “husband,” but a…

There’s Another Book Called ‘Fire and Fury’ and Author Is Way Psyched

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is the hottest book in the country right now, and that popularity is having some unintended consequences.

In 2008, historian Randall Hansen published a book about World War II called “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” Nearly 10 years later the book is accidentally a bestseller again.

“I don’t know how much of this is a mistake and how much of this is from new interest created by free advertising,” Professor Hansen said in an interview with the New York Times. “There might be some returns.”

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The majority of the book’s recent reviews on Amazon come from readers either confusing it for Wolff’s take on the Trump administration or joking about the similarity between the two titles.

“Bought this book after seeing an ad for it on The Gorilla Channel. Only into the first chapter, but it is well written and seems well researched,” one reviewer wrote, referencing a recently popular meme and criticisms about Wolff’s book’s factual accuracy.

“HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!” read another review.

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“Incredibly, sales of my [book] have increased. Will I owe a larger royalty cheque to Bannon & Trump?” Hansen tweeted last week. “If so, the irony will know no limits.”

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Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is the hottest book in the country right now, and that popularity is having some unintended consequences.

In 2008, historian Randall Hansen published a book about World War II called “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” Nearly 10 years later the book is accidentally a bestseller again.

“I don’t know how much of this is a mistake and how much of this is from new interest created by free advertising,” Professor Hansen said in an interview with the New York Times. “There might be some returns.”

The majority of the book’s recent reviews on Amazon come from readers either confusing it for Wolff’s take on the Trump administration or joking about the similarity between the two titles.

“Bought this book after seeing an ad for it on The Gorilla Channel. Only into the first chapter, but it is well written and seems well researched,” one reviewer wrote, referencing a recently popular meme and criticisms about Wolff’s book’s factual accuracy.

“HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!” read another review.

“Incredibly, sales of my [book] have increased. Will I owe a larger royalty cheque to Bannon & Trump?” Hansen tweeted last week. “If so, the irony will know no limits.”

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