Michael Wolff, in an excerpt from his upcoming new book Fire and Fury, published by New York Magazine:
On the Saturday after the election, Trump received a small group
of well-wishers in his triplex apartment in Trump Tower. Even his
close friends were still shocked and bewildered, and there was a
dazed quality to the gathering. But Trump himself was mostly
looking at the clock. Rupert Murdoch, who had promised to pay a
call on the president-elect, was running late. When some of the
guests made a move to leave, an increasingly agitated Trump
assured them that Rupert was on his way. “He’s one of the greats,
the last of the greats,” Trump said. “You have to stay to see
him.” Not grasping that he was now the most powerful man in the
world, Trump was still trying mightily to curry favor with a media
mogul who had long disdained him as a charlatan and fool.
From the same excerpt, what Murdoch thinks of Trump:
On December 14, a high-level delegation from Silicon Valley came
to Trump Tower to meet him. Later that afternoon, according to a
source privy to details of the conversation, Trump called Rupert
Murdoch, who asked him how the meeting had gone.
“Oh, great, just great,” said Trump. “These guys really need my
help. Obama was not very favorable to them, too much regulation.
This is really an opportunity for me to help them.”
“Donald,” said Murdoch, “for eight years these guys had Obama in
their pocket. They practically ran the administration. They don’t
need your help.”
“Take this H-1B visa issue. They really need these H-1B visas.”
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. But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, “We’ll
figure it out.”
“What a fucking idiot,” said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off
Regarding Trump’s mental health:
Jim Baker, chief of staff for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W.
Bush and almost everybody’s model for managing the West Wing,
advised Priebus not to take the job. Priebus had his own
reservations: He had come out of his first long meeting with Trump
thinking it had been a disconcertingly weird experience. Trump
talked nonstop and constantly repeated himself.
“Here’s the deal,” a close Trump associate told Priebus. “In an
hour meeting with him, you’re going to hear 54 minutes of stories,
and they’re going to be the same stories over and over again. So
you have to have one point to make, and you pepper it in whenever
A 71-year-old man who tells the same stories over and over: a narcissist in the early stages of dementia.
★ Thursday, 4 January 2018