Michael Wolff claims he spent three hours talking to Donald Trump for explosive new book

The author of an explosive fly-on-the-wall book about life inside Donald Trump’s White House has claimed that he had a three-hour discussion with the president – contradicting Mr Trump’s own assertion that he had "zero access".

Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was published on Friday, with the publication brought forward given the intense public interest in the book.

On Friday morning the 64-year-old author appeared on US breakfast television to discuss his book, and said that he had held extensive conversations with Mr Trump.

He said that he "absolutely" spoke to the president during his reporting of the book. "It was certainly not off the record," Mr Wolff said.

Asked about White House lawyers attempting to block publication, he replied: "Where do I send the box of chocolates?"

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, spoke to US breakfast television this morningCredit:

The furore over the book has sent it straight to the top of Amazon’s charts.

The author, responding to Mr Trump’s claim that the book was "full of lies", said that Mr Trump has "less credibility than perhaps anybody who has ever walked on Earth at this point".

He also told NBC’s Today show that Mr Trump’s staff "all say he is like a child".

He added: "What they mean by that is he has the need for instant gratification. It’s all about him… This man does not read, does not listen. He’s like a pinball just shooting off the sides."

Wolff was also revealed on Friday morning to have taped many of his conversations, including those with Steve Bannon, which form much of the basis of the book.

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, spoke to US breakfast television this morningCredit:

It also emerged that a pivotal scene at the beginning of the book – where the late Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, and Mr Bannon discuss in brutal terms Mr Trump’s chances over dinner at a Manhattan townhouse – was observed because the townhouse in question was Mr Wolff’s home.

Trump and Melania go days without seeing each other

Before he became president Mr Trump and his wife Melania would go days without seeing each other, according to Wolff. 

The author claims the Trumps’ marriage was "perplexing" to almost everybody around Mr Trump and claims he was a notorious womanizer. 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump Credit:
Susan Walsh 

Mr Trump reportedly had a theory that he was fond of sharing – "the more years between an older man and a younger woman, the less the younger woman took an older man’s cheating personally".

Wolff claims the Trumps spent "very little time together" and could go days at a time without any contact – even when they were both staying in Trump Tower. 

Once in the White House the relationship did not improve, with the Trumps were "visibly" fighting on inauguration day, it is claimed. 

"The Trumps’ relationship was one of those things nobody asked to many questions about – another mysterious variable in the presidential mood," Wolff writes.

Is anyone American anymore?

The Trump campaign would share a map of the country showing the impact of Mexican immigration on every state. The graphic would compare current immigration trends in each state to predominantly European immigration 50 years ago. When discussing immigration, Mr Trump would frequently observe to people ‘isn’t anyone American anymore?’, Wolff writes.

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General Kelly learned of his appointment through a Trump tweet

General John Kelly was not consulted about being made chief of staff, Wolff claims. Instead, he first learnt of it when Mr Trump tweeted that he had appointed the retired general as his replacement for Reince Priebus, making him a key member of the Trump administration.

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