Opinion: Michael Wolff’s new book is full of inaccuracies and useless score-settling
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The first week of 2018 has had plenty of action. An upcoming book covering the events from election night in November of 2016 to fall of 2017 is causing a lot of controversy. From excerpts that have been made public and others, which I have been privy to, the book is a mix of incorrect anecdotes, sensationalism and score-settling.
The reporting by the author, Michael Wolff, has been widely questioned even by outlets such as the Washington Post, which, in general, have been anything but friendly to the president.
People quoted in the book such as former Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh are disputing that they made the quotes attributed to them by Michael Wolff.
Further, I can tell you firsthand that the negative description of our president in this book is plainly incorrect. He is not a leader who refuses to learn the issues. On the contrary, President Trump takes in as much information as possible, consults with those around him and makes a decision.
There is a lot of negativity in this book toward the president, his family and those close to him. In my view, that is completely unnecessary and disloyal. Those who work on a campaign or as staff in a White House have to remember that the American people elect the principal - the staff, well, they just come and go.
Here is the bottom line: this book and others like it play no purpose but to make those who write them rich. There is an incentive for the author to write the most outlandish thing possible because that sells copies. I encourage you to take this writing with a million grains of salt.