Trump is so worried about the contents becoming known that his lawyer sent out a cease and desist notice earlier today to block its publication. Leaving aside Trump’s long history of threatening legal action and then not following through, it’s highly unlikely this will work. Regardless, Trump is already trying to convince the public that the contents are not true.
That said, he certainly took issue with quotes attributed to Steve Bannon and has threatened to sue him as well.
The Trump presidency has been so littered with lies, idiocy, and jaw-dropping nonsense that almost nothing seems surprising anymore. However, most everyone is abuzz over this latest controversy. Of particular note is Wolff’s claim that Trump never wanted to win the presidency in the first place; he was only in it for the fame and the money.
Given his appallingly bad performance, this is certainly not surprising. In fact, pundits now spend much of their time pondering Trump’s exit strategy. Will he simply resign, resign under legal threat from Robert Mueller’s investigations, get impeached (increasingly unlikely considering that, as annoying as Trump is, Republicans are still getting some of the most extreme legislation passed under him), or manage to limp through an entire four years.
The thought of Trump running for a second term seems unfathomable. He still boasts the lowest approval numbers of any first-term president and it seems unlikely that a large enough percentage of Americans would fall for this con job a second time. And yet, here we are. If Donald Trump has accomplished anything at all, he has shown that unpredictable chaos is the new norm in Washington.