Historian and Author Ronald Kessler has just released his latest work, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game.
In his new tome the author paints a picture of a bright future for the Trump legacy and argues that he will be remembered among our greatest Presidents.
From the book’s summary:
Based on exclusive interviews with the president and his staff, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game tells the real story of what Donald Trump is like, who influences him, how he makes decisions, what he says about the people around him, and how he operates when the television lights go off, while portraying the inside story of the successes that have already brought solid results as well as the stumbles that have turned off even longtime supporters and undercut his agenda.
The Trump White House reveals:
• Trump aides Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have been responsible for Trump’s most disastrous decisions. Trump is aware that his daughter and son-in-law are problems and has hinted to them that they should go back to New York. Seeing Jared on TV, Trump said, “Look at Jared, he looks like a little boy, like a child.”
• First Lady Melania Trump has a tremendous impact on policy and strategy. She sits in on meetings and is widely admired by aides for her judgment.
• Kellyanne Conway is the No. 1 White House leaker.
• Trump’s Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles proposed withdrawing protection from some Trump family members and aides to save money. Horrified White House staffers shot down the idea.
• Trump has told friends that billionaires are constantly asking him to fix them up with longtime Communications Director Hope Hicks, a former model, but he says he refuses.
• Trump calls certain reporters directly, feeding them stories attributed to “a senior White House official,” creating the impression that the White House leaks even more than it already does.
Never before has an American president had so much impact on the country and the world in so short a time as Donald Trump. Yet no president has stirred so much controversy, dominating media coverage and conversation both pro and con.
Months after Trump took office, consumer confidence hit a seventeen-year high, unemployment plummeted to the lowest level in seventeen years, and the stock market zoomed to repeated record highs.
At the same time, ISIS was nearly defeated, Arab countries banded together to stop financing terrorists and promoting radical Islamic ideology, and Trump’s decision to send missiles into Syria because of its use of chemical weapons and his strident warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear to adversaries that they take on the United States at their peril.
Yet for all the media coverage, Trump remains a cipher. Ronald Kessler has known Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for two decades and understands him better than any other journalist. The book includes an exclusive interview with Trump, the only interview he says he has given or will give for a book as president. Crammed with media-grabbing revelations. The Trump White House is the unvarnished and unbiased inside story that answers the question: Who is Donald Trump?
Kessler recently sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to talk about his new book and explain why Trump would one day be considered one of the all time “greats.”
Jake Tapper: Your book defends the president on a number of fronts including the Russia investigation, “Access Hollywood,” it talks about his marriage, how it’s going to last. I want to get to it in a second. How should people read it? Is it meant as a defense of President Trump?
Ronald Kessler: I think it’s a truthful book. It says he will be seen as a great president just like Reagan who was dissed by the press based on the results. The record unemployment, getting rid of ISIS, all these tweets and controversies are going to be forgotten long-term. At the same time there’s plenty of negative items in the book and juicy tidbits in the book.