Author Doug Wead penned a Fox News editorial dishing on what he learned in two years of interviewing the Trump family.
Wead, author of “Inside the Trump White House: The Real Story of His Presidency,” characterized the effort as “an insider history of the Trump White House.”
He included a quote from President Donald Trump in the op-ed, focused on best-selling presidential historian Michael Beschloss, to suggest how deep his access was.
“Michael Beschloss came to Mar-a-Lago right after I won the election,” Wead recalled Trump telling him. “He kissed my a** for a week, now he’s on television getting paid money to attack me.”
Of all the misrepresentations of Trump, his marriage to Melania Trump may be at the top of the list, but Wead dispelled many of the rumors.
“What I discovered inside the Trump bubble was quite different from what had been reported,” he wrote. “No, Melania and Donald were not estranged, they were tender lovers, who playfully teased each other. On almost any subject — North Korea, China, Mueller — the president brought up her name.”
Speaking five languages, it would be difficult to suggest that Mrs. Trump is not a well-read woman.
The author counters the public stance about it being a privilege to serve the country — not to dispute it, but to say “privately, they have no illusions about the horror they are going through.”
That much goes without saying, as the fervor to destroy Trump knows no bounds.
Even here, Melania comes to the fore, as Wead says the president “sometimes eases the tension by teasing the first lady, saying, sarcastically, with puffed up importance, ‘Melania, honey, look at this incredible journey I have brought you on.'”
“It’s like a joke between them,” he says Lara Trump told him. “Everyone is attacking all of us and she’s smeared for no reason other than pure jealousy and he says, ‘Hon, isn’t this amazing?’ And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, thank you so much.’ “It’s hilarious. I love it.”
Wead dishes on the theory of why Trump decided to run for president as related to a White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the infamous story involving first daughter Ivanka Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
More from Wead’s Fox News op-ed:
What about that famous story of Bannon and Priebus and Ivanka Trump? When Bannon supposedly shouted to Ivanka, “You are just a f—— staffer?”
“Never happened,” Ivanka told me calmly.
“There’s no truth to it?” I persisted. It sold 100,000 books.
“None whatsoever,” she said. “My life is too important for me to waste in rivalries and in personal vendettas. I choose to think the best of people. Most of all, I choose to be happy. I have no time for bitterness.”
Eric Trump is also quoted in giving the real story on how Trump chose Mike Pence as his running mate, which discounts a new book on the matter.
As far fetched as many of the rumors are about Trump, the author says the truth is even more compelling.
“It turns out that the real stories of what has been happening inside Trump-world are far more interesting than the fake ones,” Wead explained. “The president let me read his private correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He gave me his theories on who hatched the Russian collusion conspiracy and why they did it.”
In the face of today’s impeachment frenzy, the most telling observation may have come from son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“There are two kinds of staffers,” Kushner reportedly told Wead. “Those who want to help Trump save the world, and those who want to save the world from Trump.”
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