Journalist and author Michael Wolff—whose explosive new book “Fire and Fury” has rocked the White House since last week—appeared on CNN’s Don Lemon Monday to discuss the administration’s assertion that his reports are “fake news,” noting Donald Trump’s less-than-stellar track record of honesty.
Trump and his aides have been on defense since excerpts from Wolff’s books made headlines early last week, sparking a public falling out between the president and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon. But Wolff defended his reporting to Lemon, arguing that lying is Trump’s modus operandi.
“This was not a secret, everybody was told to speak to me,” Wolff told Lemon, later adding Bannon, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks and others all told staffers to cooperate.
Asked by Lemon why the White House is calling his account “fake news,” Wolff shot back, “Because they’re liars! What are you talking about?”
“This is Donald Trump, this is what he does.” Wolff explained. “Day after day after day after day, incident after incident, after incident, he doesn’t tell the truth because he doesn’t know what the truth is.”
CNN’s Rebecca Berg explained that former White House aide Sebastian Gorka even confirmed he was told to cooperate, noting the president’s spin attempt doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny.
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