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"Fire and Fury," Michael Wolff's explosive account of President Donald Trump's first year in the White House, has created mass chaos within Trumpworld -- and it's just out for sale Friday at bookstores around the country.


1. Did Trump talk to Wolff or not?

1 特朗普跟沃尔夫说过吗?

On Thursday night, Trump tweeted that he "never spoke" to Wolff for the book. On the NBC's "Today" show Friday morning, Wolff said that he "absolutely spoke to the President," adding: "Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know. but it certainly was not off the record."


Both of these things can't be true. And, ask yourself this: Why would Wolff lie about something as easily provable as whether or not he talked to Trump? If it can be proven he didn't, the whole book would be called into question.


2. Who authorized Wolff's access?

2 谁授权沃尔夫的访问?

There appears to be a lot of CYA work happening in the White House over who decided to give Wolff as much access as he appears to have gotten into the inner working of Trumpworld. "There are probably more than 30 requests for access to information from Michael Wolff that were repeatedly denied," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted Thursday. But, Wolff has on the record quotes from people like Steve Bannon and Katie Walsh, both of whom were high-ranking officials in Trumpworld. And, White House reporters have confirmed seeing Wolff around the building a whole lot of the time over the first year. Did Trump say it was OK for Wolff to be around? If not, who did?


3. If the book is all lies, why did Trump go off on Steve Bannon this week?

3 如果这本书全是谎言,为什么本周特朗普对史蒂夫•班农大发脾气?

The White House appears to be asking people to hold two totally contradictory ideas in their heads:


The Wolff book is a total fantasy, built on lies and the active imagination of a Trump hater


Bannon, the former top political strategist in Trump world, is a terrible and disloyal person because of what he told Wolff in the book.


You don't get to have both of those things be true. Either Wolff is totally wrong about everything or the book -- and Bannon's quotes in it -- is generally credible.


4. Is Trump really deteriorating mentally?

4 特朗普的精神状态真的在恶化吗?

The center of the book is the idea that Trump is not competent to be president. But, there's a question within that question: Is Trump deteriorating mentally while in office or simply acting in the same bullying, impetuous ways he has his whole life? Wolff suggested on "Today" that he believes Trump is deteriorating -- noting that stories Trump would repeat every 30 minutes in conversations with friends he is now repeating every 10 minutes. I want to know whether there are more examples like that in the Wolff book. Because as I noted Thursday, there is a BIG difference between making the case Trump is temperamentally unfit for the job and making the case he is mentally unfit for it.


5. Who is in Trump's phone-calling circle?


In the excerpt of the Wolff book published in New York magazine earlier this week, this paragraph jumped out at me:


"If he was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls — the phone was his true contact point with the world — to a small group of friends, who charted his rising and falling levels of agitation through the evening and then compared notes with one another."

“如果6点半他没有和史密斯·班农一起吃晚餐,那么他更喜欢他那个时候带个芝士汉堡到床上,看着三个屏幕打电话 - 这个电话才是他与这个世界真正的连接点 - 和一圈子朋友。晚上,是谁能让他在高低起伏的兴奋中疯狂聊天?“

First: A cheeseburger in bed at 6:30 p.m. sounds delightful.

第一:总统下午六点半在床上吃芝士汉堡 听起来令人很愉快啊!

Second: Who are these people that Trump is regularly reaching out to? I assume Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy is one. But who are the others? These people -- the sounding boards of the most powerful man in the country (and maybe the world) -- have a massive amount of power in their own rights. So, who the heck are they?

第二:特朗普经常与谁联系呢? 我认为Newsmax首席执行官克里斯·鲁迪是其中之一。 但是其他人呢? 这些人 - 这个国家(也许是全世界)最有权势的人的声音 - 拥有大量权力。 那么,他们是谁?

6. Who is the real Ivanka Trump?


One of the passages in the Wolff book that, to my mind, hasn't received nearly enough attention is this bit about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner:


"Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she'd be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump."


Uh, what? First of all, the presumption built into that anecdote is MASSIVE. But, more broadly and importantly, the image of Ivanka Trump portrayed in the Wolff book -- hugely ambitious, dismissive of her father -- is at direct odds with the image Ivanka has worked very hard to cultivate since coming to Washington. Is she the mannered, kind humanitarian? Or the sharp-elbowed operator?


7. How much television does Trump actually watch?

7 特朗普到底看了多少电视?

He says almost none. All you have to do is look at his Twitter feed to know that's not true. The Wolff book casts him as a cable TV obsessive. "In the first days, he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there," writes Wolff of Trump's early moments in the White House when he says the President retreated into his bedroom and also had a lock installed on the door. Is Trump constantly keeping on eye on the TV -- even in meetings on, you know, important topics? I am constantly reminded of this Trump interview with the Washington Post's Phil Rucker in 2016 in which Trump stops five times to watch TV.


8. How much did John Kelly change things?

8 凯利约翰改变了多少事情?

Much of what we've seen from the excerpts of the book predate General John Kelly's arrival as Trump's chief of staff. Following Kelly's installation, there were a series of stories about how the general was putting in place structures that would make communicating with Trump much more orderly and stable.

我们从书中摘录的大部分内容是早于特朗普的参谋长约翰·凯利将军的就任之前。 凯利就职之后,有一系列关于建立一些制度的设想,它涉及到将军们能与特朗普的沟通更加有序和稳定。

Did he? Because the free-wheeling talk-a-thon that Wolff presents as the early days of the Trump White House seem entirely unsustainable and yet totally in keeping with how Trump had conducted his entire life. And one thing we know about Trump is that he usually gets what he wants -- or complains until he does.

他有完成这些事吗? 因为沃尔夫在特朗普白宫早期的自由谈话似乎完全不可持续,这也完全符合特朗普一生行事所为。 但我们所知道的特朗普的一件事是,他通常想得到他想要的东西 - 就抱怨,直到他得到。

9. Who does the President actually trust?


The portrait of Trump in the Wolff book is of a deeply mercurial man who seems to distrust everyone around him in some sort of rotating order. And, the people around him, again according to Wolff, are deeply disdainful and dismissive of Trump.


That's a toxic mix for anyone -- particularly someone who is in the most high-stress job in the country. Everyone needs a few people -- or one person -- whom they trust implicitly. And whom they listen to and value what they are being told. Wolff's book suggests Trump doesn't have that person -- and, more frighteningly -- may not believe he needs that person.


10. Where the heck is Mike Pence?


If you watch the Trump White House through the lens of cable TV, it seems like the vice president is a near-constant companion to Trump. He's constantly standing off of Trump's shoulder as the President signs this order or that piece of legislation, clapping and smiling on cue.


But, in the Wolff book excerpt at least, Pence is nowhere to be seen. The lone reference to him is this: "Gail Collins, who had written a Times column unfavorably comparing Trump to Vice-President Mike Pence, was 'a moron.'"


Lots and lots of establishment Republican types have invested a lot of time and energy into the idea that Pence, whom they know and trust, is constantly on hand to manage Trump's worst instincts. But what if that's just not true?