President Trump and his campaign team did not expect, or want, to win the election in 2016, according to a report in New York Magazine.
The report cites a new book by Michael Wolff which details Mr. Trump’s shock and Melania Trump’s tears on Election Day, the chaos of the unexpected transition and the deals Mr. Trump and his associates had lined up for their post-loss plans.
“This was a real-life version of Mel Brooks’s The Producers, where the mistaken outcome trusted by everyone in Trump’s inner circle—that they would lose the election—wound up exposing them for who they really were,” writes Mr. Wolff.
The piece is an adaptation of Mr. Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which will be published Jan. 9.
An earlier report published in The Guardian also cited the book concerning former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The report claimed Mr. Bannon referred to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower as “treasonous.”
Mr. Wolff reportedly conducted over 200 interviews for the book and Mr. Bannon did not push back on the accuracy of the Guardian report earlier in the day.
• David Boyer contributed to this report.