cover image Trump's Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency

Trump's Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency

Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie. Center Street, $27 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5460-7622-3

Haters and traitors are trying to derail President Trump's successful administration, according to this rancorous apologia. In heated prose, former Trump campaign managers Lewandowski and Bossie (Let Trump Be Trump) lambaste a rogue's gallery of Trump foes: congressional liberals; conservative Never-Trumpers; White House officials including National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, "poster boy for the disloyal staff conspiring against President Trump"; unnamed federal bureaucrats who leak and resist Trump's every move; and above all the "fake news" media. There's an interview with the president, but much of the book is a rebuttal of the "fake" Russian collusion allegations, asserting they're the product of anti-Trump conspiracies among intelligence operatives and FBI officials, especially James Comey. The authors contend that Trump campaign figures George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn%E2%80%94who both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI%E2%80%94simply misremembered a few details and downplay Trump's demand for "loyalty" from Comey as "just a throwaway line." Lewandowski and Bossie flaunt their presidential access%E2%80%94they recount being summoned frequently to Air Force One or the Oval Office for strategy meetings%E2%80%94and earn it by saluting "one of the most effective and efficient administrations in modern history." The result is simplistic, not persuasively argued, and as partisan as the anti-Trump sentiment it's reacting to. (Nov.)