I just finished reading Inside Trump’s White House, by Doug Wead, a best-selling author. Doug’s intentions were not necessarily to write a best-seller, but to write a book for the history of the Trump presidency. Hence, he set out to record events as they actually happened. And this is why he interviewed just those in the White House, especially the President’s family and closest advisors. This book was similar to Bill O’Reilly’s book, The United States of Trump, but there were some differences. Whereas O’Reilly shared more about Trump as a man and what he thought of him and his motives (good and bad), Wead stuck more with just the observable facts, mainly from his interviews. The following are the main points of the book that I gathered from my reading.
The interviews. I think the best interviews came from Ivanka and Jerod, Don Jr., Tifany, and Eric. Ivanka and Jerod were so kind and hospitable. They invited Doug to their home and they talked for hours. A great resource. Jerod, Doug found out, is especially gifted, and he had some great insights to share. President Trump has used him well. It was said that if the job was impossible, he would give it to Jerod—and he would get it done.
Don Jr. and Eric had great things to say about their Dad. Don said that “he is totally focused on doing what is right…he loves the American people…he is working constantly to find more jobs to help more Americans.” Likewise, Eric talked about his father’s greatness, that he is one of America’s greatest presidents.
Tiffany, the youngest, is quite brilliant and beautiful. She is in the middle of law school, but finds time on the weekends to come to the White house and visit her father and family.
On how Trump won the Presidency. The book said a lot about this, because it was predicated to be a blow-out for Clinton; but instead, it was a miraculous turnabout for Trump. I do think that it had much to do with prayer and God’s will. Also. Many worked so hard to bring it about. The President gave his daughter-in-law Lara the Task of North Carolina, and she did a fabulous job—won it. And both Brad Parscale and Melania were so positive. When others had lost hope, Melania “would have none of it.” She consistently said to the President, “You are going to win.”
Trump’s achievements. The book is full of praises for all of the President’s achievements: more jobs, great trade deals, destroying ISIS, many more conservative judges, the wall going up, and the great economy. And he is more of a foreign policy President than he thought he would be. He is a great negotiator and a peace maker. He has worked hard to free hostages, and he has won the votes of many African Americans—up to over 30%.
Trump the man. I loved the way Mr. Wead brought out all of the President’s good qualities—through his interviews. We will start with what Pastor Brunson had to say about him (remember, he was a prisoner in Turkey whom the President worked hard to free). He said to Doug, “The president is very friendly…he has a big heart…he is genuinely caring about people.”
Generally I have noticed that the president thinks the best of people, especially world leader. He always tends to think of a person’s good qualities. But we know that when they cross him, watch out! He will get them back.
Last, and most interesting to me, the book brought out that Trump has a deep religious side. He gets it from his mother and also from his church growing up, where Dr. Vincent Peal was the pastor. Peal wrote the book, The Power of Positive Thinking. The book not only emphasizes our thinking but the power of prayer. He also was greatly influenced by Paula White. Someone much like Peal, she seems to have the same positive prayer philosophy.
For a few years now Trump has been calling on Paula to come and pray for things. He asked her to pray regarding him running for President, and he also has asked her to pray for his children and for business deals. And you remember, he had her bring many Christian leaders to Trump Tower to gather around and pray about the election. But it was pointed out that he never asked Paula to pray for him personally.
This is not from the book, but I hope and pray that the President would begin to ask more for prayer for himself and that he would also try praying himself. I don’t think too highly of Dr. Peal. I think he has led many astray in his teaching. The emphasis in Christianity should be on our relationship with God and our humility, not on positive thinking and positive praying and what we can get from God.
Overall, the book was a great read and I hope it sells well.