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Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury." Screenshot from NBC's Today Show

Michael Wolff "absolutely" spoke with President Trump and feels "in every way comfortable" with his reporting, the author of "Fire and Fury" told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on Friday."Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but [our conversation] certainly was not off the record."

"[T]hey all say he is like a child... he has a need for immediate gratification. It's all about him ... This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball, just shooting off the sides." — Wolff on Trump's top aides

More from Wolff's interview on the Today Show:

  • Wolff told Guthrie that he spent about three hours with Trump, both during the campaign and after his inauguration. He also said he spoke to Trump's top aides, "people who spoke to the president on a daily, sometimes minute by minute basis."
  • He also dismissed Trump's criticism: "My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point."
  • He added that Trump's calls to halt publication of the book is helping sell more copies. "Where do I send the box of chocolates?" he joked.

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U.S. markets stand to lose $2 trillion in value if D.C. and Beijing drift further apart.

Why it matters: Political chasms are showing up in new securities regulations that put companies and investors in a bind. The rules are also another reflection of how much relations between the world’s largest economies have cooled, even as they remain economically interdependent. 

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American businesses spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on prescription drugs, and the bills keep getting bigger. But some of the companies promising to help rein in those costs prevent employers from looking under the hood.

Why it matters: Documents provided to Axios reveal a new layer of secrecy within the maze of American drug pricing — one in which firms that manage drug coverage for hundreds of employers, representing millions of workers, obscure the details of their work and make it difficult to figure out whether they're actually providing a good deal.