What can world expects to find in the new explosive new book about the Trump administration that drops next week? Details about Steve Bannon saying Donald Trump Jr committed treason, and Donald Trump wondering who former House Speaker John Boehner was, for starters.
The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
, has already been knocked down by President Trump and the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders described it as "filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House."
For his part, author Michael Wolff says he was granted significant access to the White House and claimed he had "something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing."
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This file photo taken on January 28, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on the phone with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, alongside former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, right, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC AFP
Here are some exclusive highlights from the book, published by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and New York magazine--
Bannon calls Trump Jr meeting with Russian lawyer 'treasonous'
Shortly after reports surfaced about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr, other Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer that took place in June 2016, Steve Bannon told Wolff: "The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers."
He continued: “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
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Donald Trump Jr smiles as he waits for the arrival of US President Donald Trump before the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017 AFP
Bannon was not impressed by Ivanka
Bannon also speaks critically of Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka, calling her “dumb as a brick.” “A little marketing savvy and has a look but as far as understanding actually how the world works and what politics is and what it means – nothing,” he is quoted saying.
Ivanka seeks the presidency
Ivanka and her husband Kushner, reportedly made a deal about which of them would one day run for president. Wolff writes: “The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, attends an event where Trump spoke about his administration's efforts in deregulation in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 14, 2017 AFP
Kissinger on Bannon, Ivanka and Kushner
According to the Guardian, the division between Bannon and Trump's daughter and son-in-law is a recurring theme in the book. Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger said of the contentious relationship: "It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews."
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This file photo taken on June 12, 2017 shows former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. left, and Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, attending a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC AFP
Rupert Murdoch isn't a big fan
After Trump met with Silicon Valley executives, he reportedly spoke with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch advised Trump that working on H-1B visas may not jibe with the immigration promises Trump had made during the campaign.
"What a f***ing idiot," Murdoch apparently said.
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US President Donald Trump (L) is embraced by Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp, during a dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during WWII onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum May 4, 2017 in New York, New York AFP
Need a son of a b****
Former head of Fox News Roger Ailes reportedly told Trump that he needed "a son of a b**** as your chief of staff, and you need a son of a b**** who knows Washington." He suggested John Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House.
"Who's that?" Trump replied.
Here is a video that aired at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2016; featuring John Boehner
Kushner was single choice for chief of staff
Kushner was apparently one choice for Trump's chief of staff. Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter reportedly put a stop to that. She said: "Nobody is apparently telling you this. But you can't. You just can't hire your children."