Journalist Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury has been making waves in the US and abroad and is on track to be the bestselling book of 2018.
The book follows American President Donald Trump’s first days in the White House and paints an unflattering picture of his administration. Political Editor with The Irish Examiner, Daniel McConnell joined Claire Byrne on Saturday with Claire Byrne to give his take on the book and the controversy around it.
Daniel described the turbulent time when Trump surprised everyone, apparently even himself, by winning the election.
"They literally didn’t have a game plan. Most campaigns, when they win, have a transition plan about what they’re going to do. And it’s clear from the book – how accurate it is or not remains to be seen – but what the book certainly conveys is an image of chaos."
Professor John O’Brennan from Maynooth University was also on the panel and made the point that while this book may contain embarrassing claims about Trump’s competence, those who voted for him seem to remain impervious.
"Support for him amongst his base has not decreased at all. He has a very solid base of about 40% and it’s very difficult to see how that might be damaged. You may remember, he said during his election campaign that he could literally walk out to an avenue in New York, kill somebody and it would make no difference whatsoever to his support. And the interesting thing is, all of these other people have fallen by the wayside. From Steve Bannon, Spicer, Priebus, Flynn, the whole lot of them. And yet Trump, in this extraordinary atmosphere of chaos, has prospered."