Multiple authors have lined up for an interview with the Former President. Trump has inspired many writers to pen books in his likeness, writers who will likely attempt to take him down. Nonetheless, Trump has granted an immense amount of interviews since leaving office, with discussions staying on the record for use when the books are eventually published.
Since departing the White House in January, Trump has granted at least 22 interviews for 17 different books. Topics of conversation range from his 2016 campaign, to the coronavirus pandemic, and other topics stemming from his four years in office.
Sources close to the Former President say that he’s given authors “nuggets of a bombshell” that will “definitely make news” when they go to print. Trump, being the media genius, is said to always make the interviewer feel like they are getting a new piece of information, but in reality there is quite a bit of repetition in the “scoops” he provides.
Trump’s staff and advisors — who refer to the former president as “POTUS 45” — understand that the forthcoming books will likely be negative in scope, or a “neutral view at best,” according to one advisor.
However, Trump as charming as ever, still tries to win over the interviewer, offering them Diet Cokes and dressed to the nines in expensive suits. The Former President grants around 90 minutes to each author for an interview — he even invites some of them to stay for dinner at Mar-a-Lago, though not with him personally.
With several publishing-date logjams in the coming 18 months, authors are competing against one another. Michael Wolff’s “Landslide” is set to begin the onslaught of Trump books on July 27. Wolff wrote “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which was released in 2018.
New York Time’s Maggie Haberman’s book, due next year, is the one Trump and many of his advisors are most anxiously awaiting to read.
Karl, whose first Trump book, “Front Row at the Trump Show,” was a New York Times bestseller, spent five hours at Mar-a-Lago, including about 90 minutes on the record with Trump, according to reports. He also has interviewed numerous Trump Cabinet members.
So far, five authors received two interviews each:
- former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway,
- Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender, whose book is scheduled for Aug. 10, and
- The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, whose “Rigged” is due Sept. 21.
The authors lucky enough to receive an interview with the Former President are:
- The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig;
- The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser and
- New York Times reporters Peter Baker, Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns
- Politico’s Ryan Lizza
- New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi
- Washington Examiner’s David Drucker
- New York Post’s Miranda Devine — whose “Laptop from Hell,” about Hunter Biden is coming Sept. 7
- N.Y. Times’ Jeremy Peters
- former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer — whose “Broken,” about the press in the Trump era and beyond will be released in 2022
- Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, whose book is about “The Apprentice”
- The Federalist’s Ben Weingarten, writing on U.S.-China policy
Author: Sebastian Hayworth