Michael Wolff on White House access for ‘Fire and Fury’

The journalist behind the tell-all book that’s outraged President Trump claims he got his fly-on-the-wall access in the simplest way — knocking on the front door.

Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury,” which was published this week and depicts the current White House as a mess of incompetence and confusion, told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning that it wasn’t particularly hard to traipse into the West Wing.

“I literally knocked on the door and said, ‘Can I come in?’ And they said, ‘OK.’ And I came in. I sat on the couch, and that’s the point of view I’ve written this book from,” he said.

According to Wolff, his real intention with writing “Fire and Fury” was to have readers sit on the couch with him inside the White House to see what’s actually going on. He described the book as focusing mainly on human nature and said he didn’t have an agenda or any particular politics about Trump going into this project.

Wolff said he tried to be unobtrusive and didn’t want White House staffers to notice him any more than they noticed the furniture. He said most people were willing to talk after hearing that Trump had approved the project.

“My goal was to keep going until somebody said, ‘Go away,’” he explained.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd, right, talks to Wolff about his book on the Trump administration. (Screengrab: NBC)

When Todd asked if Wolff promised a more complimentary picture of the White House for access, he replied that he certainly wasn’t as flattering as Trump himself.

“The first time I came in it was like, ‘Oh my God! Unbelievable! Michael Wolff. Do you know this guy? He’s the best,” he said. “I’m sure I returned a tip of the hat to Donald Trump, but yeah, I didn’t say anything to get me thrown out.”

Wolff said it’s not unreasonable to say that the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which clarifies what would happen if the president resigns or is removed from office,…

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