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America’s Response to “Fire and Fury”

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Donald Trump Responds to "Fire and Fury"

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Donald Trump Responds to "Fire and Fury"

Solenne de Tassigny, Editor-in-Chief

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January 5, 2018 marked the release date of Fire and Fury, the alleged key to the fall of the Trump administration.

Michael Wolff, author and journalist for networks such as USA today and the Hollywood Reporter, opened the Pandora’s Box of political controversy that included personal attacks on President Trump, accounts of of administrative corruption, and heavy critiques of the decisions being made on Capitol Hill.

Wolff gained his entry to the White House by pitching his book idea to the Administration, stating he would document the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration” was the working title Wolff pitched, which managed to peak the presidents interest without raising too many eyebrows.

The controversy of Fire and Fury may have started with Wolff’s tactics to gain entry to the white house, but the book’s release caused an uproar in the media and fresh copies of the new, non-fiction account flew off the shelves.

Three weeks after its release date, Fire and Fury exceeded over 1.7 million online and physical copies sold. As of January 24, Wolff’s novel is yet to fall from its number one spot on Amazon.

Release date lead to the cameras turning immediately to the Trump administration, eager to hear the President’s reaction to the book that many claimed to be the golden ticket to removing Trump from office.

Trump took to twitter that same night and ridiculed Wolff, stating, “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell his untruthful book. He used sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped by a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”

Trump wasn’t the only member of the administration to speak out. During a press conference, White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed Fire and Fury as a “Trashy tabloid fiction”. Her statement also concluded that “This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House”.

Taking a different route, former White House chief strategist under trump Steve Bannon apologized for the comments  he made that were published in the book and stated that his comments were misinterpreted and he was not referring to Donald Jr, Trump’s son.

Bannon stated “I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.”

The backlash from the administration is yet to impact the books sales, as the media attention on the “Trashy tabloid fiction” is still pushing citizens to pick up a copy of their own.

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