The author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has walked off an interview with an Australian breakfast television program after being questioned over his claims US President Donald Trump is having an affair.
Michael Wolff, who wrote the best-selling exposé of Donald Trump’s administration and his presidency, was almost five minutes into the interview, when The Today Show interviewer Ben Fordham asked Wolff about the claims.
The man who wrote the explosive book about the Trump White House @MichaelWolffNYC joined @BenFordham this morning. But unfortunately, our interview was cut short due to 'technical difficulties'. It's a shame we didn't get to hear the answer to that final question… #9Today pic.twitter.com/tBdaU3LcfH
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 25, 2018
“You said during a TV interview just last month that you are ‘absolutely sure’ that Donald Trump is currently having an affair while President behind the back of the First Lady, and I repeat you said you were ‘absolutely sure’,” said Fordham.
“Just last week however you backflipped and said I quote ‘I do not know if the President is having an affair’. Do you owe the President and the First Lady an apology, Mr Wolff?”
Despite trying to interrupt, Wolff began complaining of technical difficulties and finally responded by saying, “I can’t hear you.”
Fordham repeated his question. This time louder.
Wolff tried to get the help of a crew member from the set he was on in London, saying: “I’m not getting anything.”
When Fordham asked, “You’re not hearing me Mr Wolff?”, the author said “No, I’m not getting anything”.
Wolff then removes his earpiece and leaves. A stunned Fordham says, “It looks like the interview may be over”.
Once the live cross has ended, Fordham’s co-host Georgie Gardner says, “Gee, that was an unfortunate question to miss, wasn’t it?”
“I think he may have heard it,” Fordham replies.
Later, The Today Show revisited the footage from the UK studio and found the audio to be coming through clearly.
An update on our interview with Michael Wolff earlier this morning. This footage from our London studio reveals that there were no audio problems and Wolff could clearly hear @BenFordham's question! #9Today pic.twitter.com/a91DzcajMP
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 26, 2018
The line of questioning by Fordham relates to comments Wolff made last month, in which he strongly implied the President was having an affair with the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
His comments were denied by Haley who called the claims “highly offensive” and “disgusting.”
Last week Wolff backed away from his previous comments to Maher, telling a Dutch TV show “I do not know if the president is having an affair.”
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