A new book detailing the events of the 2016 presidential election from inside Trumpworld is getting attention for its behind-the-scenes glimpses of various details as election night results rolled in.
According to Mediaite, Michael's Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," paints first lady Melania Trump as disinterested in her position and hoping that her husband would lose in his bid to become president.
"Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn't become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning," a passage reads.
As the drama unfolded on election night, the book's insider perspective offers some salacious morsels regarding the actual mood of the significant players.
"Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend--Trump might actually win--seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears--and not of joy."
In response to the book's characterization of her state on the night her husband was elected, the first lady released a blistering statement through a spokesperson regarding the veracity of the book's claims.
"The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section," the statement begins. "Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did."
The book has gotten attention for the wealth of reported insider information surrounding the major players of President Donald Trump's campaign. In addition to the first lady, others who have responded to various claims in the book have included White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, first son Donald Trump, Jr., and the president himself.
Perhaps the most damning allegation from the book has been made by former senior counselor to the president Steve Bannon, who labeled as "treasonous" the June 2016 meeting that Donald Trump, Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a "Russian government attorney" hoping to obtain incriminating information on Donald Trump's opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to The Telegraph, the book's claims are based in part on over 200 interviews with the president and those in his immediate political circle.
The president issued an emphatic and immediate response regarding Bannon's claim. According to CNN, he fired back, "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."
"Steve had very little to do with our historic victory."