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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Finished Book

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff




Finished two books on Trump: Fear: Trump in the White House and Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Neither is probably intended to be Trump propaganda (I suppose that would be the Tweets, for better or worse.)

The people around Trump didn't expect Trump to win. Whether Trump expected to win is uncertain, but that didn't matter as much since Trump isn't the detail person who could plan a transition from candidate to President. The result was an executive branch vacuum, some of which was filled by Trump's family, the rest by people like the conservative media executive Steve Bannon.

The staff seem to have difficulty with Trump's disinterest in reading, salesman-esk relationship to facts, dislike for scripted or on-topic responses, zero sum thinking, and lack of systematized approaches to making decisions. Apparently Trump became President for some genius, and he has a good ability to sense leverage, stay positive, and continue to overshadow one headline with another.

The Russia thing seems like a problem, or at least, Trump's background and finances were never vetted one expected him to win. And even if Trump and family are clean, if Trump testifies, he'll almost certainly say something that the legal profession terms a lie, because that's just how it goes when he gets worked up. We'll see, I guess. I doubt these books are the whole story and even if they are, the reality TV show of politics goes on.