“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show on Friday night and accused Donald Trump of having an affair while in the White House. He declined to disclose the identity of the woman, but he said that it’s subtly revealed in a can’t-miss paragraph near the end of his book. Palmer Report quickly sifted through the book, and concluded that it sure sounded like Wolff was talking about Trump and Nikki Haley. Turns out we’re not the only ones who spotted it.
Here’s the passage from near the end of Wolff’s book that set off the alarms: “By October, however, many of the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador. Haley – ‘as ambitious as Lucifer,’ in the characterization of one member of the senior staff – had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with the requisite submission, could be his heir apparent … [Haley] had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers … The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One.”
In the hours since, Yahoo News has also come to the conclusion that Wolff is accusing Trump and Nikki Haley of having an affair (link), citing Palmer Report and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn for having pieced it together. Slate has also concluded that Wolff was referring to Trump and Haley (link). So what now?
Michael Wolff has provided no evidence to support his assertion, beyond what we’ve quoted above. Because this is breaking in the midst of Trump’s government shutdown, Trump’s prior affair with an adult film actress, today’s Women’s March, and Trump’s numerous other cascading scandals, this may end up taking some time to come front and center. Nonetheless, when an insider like Wolff is accusing the President of the United States of having an affair with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, it’s a big deal – and the story is going to continue to gain traction.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report