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Trump author defends book as president claims it is 'lies'

12 January 2018

"With the release of "#Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House" on Friday, the administration is doing everything in their power to discredit author #Michael Wolff.

Anyone hoping to grab a physical copy of Michael Wolff's explosive new book on President Donald Trump will have to wait a while.

In response, Mr Trump tweeted his complaints, saying the author had no White House access, calling the book "full of lies". According to the president, he never even gave him a quote.

The president tried to stop the book from being published because the White House says it is full of false statements.

Wolff said many of those close to Mr Trump describe him as a moron, an idiot and like a child. Other excerpts depicted Trump being angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration, and that he eats fast food because he is afraid he might be poisoned.

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Mr Trump took aim at the pair on Twitter, returning to his favoured method of attack after his legal team failed to halt the publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which shot to the top of bestseller lists before release on Friday.

"Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence", Trump wrote.

It depicts a chaotic White House, a president who was ill-prepared to win the office in 2016, and Trump aides who scorned his abilities. Instead of halting publication, Wolff's publisher accelerated its sale to Friday, due to "unprecedented demand".

She said that Bannon "spent a lot more time with reporters than he ever did with the president". Mr Trump has promised to address the situation, but his "opioid czar" Kellyanne Conway does not appear to be at Camp David.

On Saturday, Wolff went on Radio Four's Today programme to defend himself against accusations of inaccuracy and suggested his book could hasten the end of his presidency.

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"Unfortunately, you people don't cover that, very much", Trump said.

MICHAEL WOLFF: Not only does he not read, he doesn't listen. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders this week confirmed "one brief conversation" between the president and the author, which "had nothing to do, originally, with the book". He said whether he "realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it was certainly not off the record".

He said: "I absolutely spoke to the president".

After portions of Fire and Fury were reported on by The Guardian and then printed in NY magazine, Trump's lawyers issued a cease and desist in an attempt to stop the book's publication.

The new fissure in an already fractious Republican Party cast doubt on Bannon's hopes to foment a movement centered on "Trumpism without Trump".

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Trump author defends book as president claims it is 'lies'