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  • Donald Trump's close associates believe he is "off his rocker," said the author and biographer Michael Wolff.
  • "Everyone believes he has gone off his rocker... They believe he is crazy," Wolff told Channel 4 News.
  • Wolff was discussing his latest book on the last days of the Trump presidency, "Landslide."
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Donald Trump's close associates now believe he is "off his rocker" and "crazy," the author of a series of books on the former US President, Michael Wolff, has said.

Wolff told Channel 4 News that "aides, intimates, and supporters" believe the former president is not of sound mind as he promoted his latest book on the last days of the Trump presidency, "Landslide."

"You have a situation in which virtually everyone around Trump - we're not talking Democrats here, we're talking Trump aides, intimates, and supporters - everyone believes he has gone off his rocker. Let's not put too fine a point here. They believe he is crazy.

"At the same time he commands - if not a majority of the country - a very substantial minority comes to believe this election is stolen and whose support for him ever hardens."

In a separate interview, Wolff told MSNBC: "I think that anyone who speaks to Donald Trump should be switching on their iPhone to tape what's going on.

"Donald Trump is only half aware of what he's saying, it just spews out."

Wolff's first book about Trump's presidency, "Fire and Fury," contained a series of embarrassing revelations about the former president's time in office and prompted Trump to label the writer a "total loser."

Donald Trump previously labelled Michael Wolff a 'total loser.'
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But Trump subsequently invited Wolff this year to his residence at Mar-A-Lago for dinner after he heard that he was writing another book about him. The book details Trump's presidential election loss last year and contains further revelations, including that he considered trying to call off the election due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wolff told Channel 4 News: "When my first book came out, he tried to sue me. That would be the first time a sitting president has tried to sue a writer. He tried to stop the publication of the book, said he'd never met me when he had in fact invited me into the White House.

"And then I thought 'OK, I guess that relationship is over.' And then when he heard that I was doing this new book, someone recounted the conversation to me that he was told that I was doing this book. And he said, "Oh, that guy gets ratings, let's see him. And he immediately had someone invite me down to Mar-A-Lago to sit with him, to interview him, and to have dinner with him and Melania."

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