President Trump didn’t want to win the presidential election because he thought, if he lost, his family would have bigger opportunities ahead, according to an excerpt from a new book detailing his first year in office.
“This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” Trump told former head of Fox News Roger Ailes a week before the election, according to author Michael Wolff. “I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.”
Wolff writes in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that Trump was “horrified” when on election night the numbers started trending toward him. If he lost to rival Hillary Clinton, he could start a Trump television network.
“It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities,” the book reads.
Members of Trump's inner circle would also fare well, the book details.
“Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning," the book says.
Members of Trump’s campaign also didn’t think he’d win and didn’t want him to win.
“Not only would Trump not be president, almost everyone in the campaign agreed, he should probably not be,” Wolff writes.