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Michael Wolff to Trump: 'Where do I send the box of chocolates?'

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Eleena Tovar | 14 Enero, 2018, 12:05

Other interesting tidbits include that members of Trump's Cabinet have called him an "idiot" and a "dope" behind his back. That is the disorder at the center, perpetrated by a president who continues to break the norms of his office. Trump threatened legal action, demanding that Holt withhold the book. Trump has said the book is full of lies. That may not be the case.

The tweets were in response to renewed discussion about the president's mental fitness prompted by the portrait of Trump in Michael Wolff's scathing new book, "Fire and Fury".

"His sons, Don Jr. and Eric - behind their backs known to Trump insiders as Uday and Qusay, after the sons of Saddam Hussein". I never spoke to him for book. It appears it was lobbyist Mike Berman who attended the breakfast, Post reporter Berman pointed out on social media.

"'The three senior guys in the campaign, ' an incredulous Bannon went on, 'thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor - with no lawyers".

The book quickly sold out in shops in the US capital, with some lining up at midnight to get their hands on the instant best-seller, dismissed by Trump as "phony" and "full of lies". That is the question. Some insiders insist it is, that in the White House, particularly under current Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and after the departure of Stephen K. Bannon and the lowering of Jared Kushner's profile, day-to-day operations are less chaotic than they were during the first half of 2017. A major tax bill has been signed into law.

That, however, ignores the elephant in the room, which is how the president operates and the degree to which he manages to overshadow everything else. That too has been reported before. Most lawyers put in a position of McGahn at that moment would have declined, and would have explained that it would be very troubling for the White House counsel to go to an attorney general and try to get him not to recuse himself for ethical reasons. He later described the White House as "adult day care".

Sanders spoke Friday on "Fox and Friends" Friday about Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House". It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Despite several opportunities, Tillerson has never disavowed that comment. Cohn was also a mentor to young Trump. That's a rhetorical question.

"Where do I send the box of chocolates?"

She said that Bannon "spent a lot more time with reporters than he ever did with the president".

"He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's - nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made". President Jimmy Carter drew criticism for being too much a micromanager and for getting mired in the details of policy rather than focusing on bigger questions. Either he fears what's therein, or, as is customary for him, his first impulse is to destroy what and whom he doesn't like.

So the question of what the president knows, while important, is not the most significant question. His behavior, language, outbursts, impulsiveness - all suggested that he is "like a child", as Wolff put it Friday on NBC's "Today".

Trump has repeatedly behaved as has no other modern president, and that's based just on things the public has been able to see.

The frustration stems in no small part from the ongoing investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Perhaps that's what turned the beginning of the new year into one so unsettling.

His own description of his reporting indicates that he capitalized on the dysfunction in and around the Trump White House to gain access. The new tax bill, he argues, will accelerate those trends.

But despite all that, Trump continues to make himself the issue.