Saturday, 20 July 2019

Trump calls author of book on him ‘a total loser’

CORTE MADERA, CA - JANUARY 05: Copies of the book "Fire and Fury" by author Michael Wolff are displayed on a shelf at Book Passage on January 5, 2018 in Corte Madera, California. A controversial new book about the inner workings of the Trump administration hit bookstore shelves nearly a week earlier than anticipated after lawyers for Donald Trump issued a cease and desist letter to publisher Henry Holt & Co. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Donald Trump today dismissed as “full of lies” a new explosive book about him, his family and his administration that has taken the White House by storm after the US presidents lawyers failed to block its release.

Trump tweeted that he gave author Michael Wolff “zero access” to the White House for his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, which was released on Friday

The President in a tweet called the author Michael Wolff “a total loser”. “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book,” tweeted Trump

“I authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that dont exist,” Trump tweeted.

“Look at this guy?s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” Trump wrote, apparently referring to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is quoted extensively in the book.

The book which is sending shock waves to the Trump administration was released on Friday, two days ahead of the schedule after Trump’s lawyers made a move to stop its release is already a bestseller in the Amazon and other list of best selling books.

American journalist and author Wolff tweeted: ?Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.?

The book, which is highly critical of Trump and his family, claims that president was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House.

Wolff says his work is based on more than 200 interviews and that he took up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing” following the presidents inauguration for a close-up insight into the fledgling administration.

Trump’s attorney has sent a cease and desists letter to former White House Chief Strategist Bannon for making liable comments against the president and the first family.

The White House has attacked the book, with press secretary Sarah Sanders calling it “complete fantasy” and full of tabloid gossip.

Sanders during her daily news conference said that the president absolutely believes in the First Amendment.

“But the President also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact when it certainly and clearly is not,? she said.

“There are numerous mistakes, but Im not going to waste my time or the countrys time going page by page, talking about a book thats complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip, because its sad, pathetic, and our administration and our focus is going to be on moving the country forward,? Sanders said.

Sanders said there are numerous examples of falsehoods in the book.

“The fact that there was a claim that the president did not know who John Boehner was is pretty ridiculous considering the majority of you have seen photos and, frankly, some of you have even tweeted out that the president not only knows him but has played golf with him, tweeted about him,? she told reporters.

“I mean, thats pretty simple and pretty basic,? she asserted.

The White House, however, refused to respond to questions related to Trump?s attorney.

She took strong objection to the question that Trump, according to the book, did not want to win.

“The president, the First Lady, his family — they wouldnt have put themselves through that process if, one, they didnt believe they could win, and two, they didnt want to win. This was something they were very committed to and have been committed to since taking office, and will continue to do so over the next seven years,? she said.

“It is absolutely laughable to think that somebody like this president would run for office with the purpose of losing. If you guys know anything, you know that Donald Trump is a winner, and hes not going to do something for the purpose of not coming out on top and not coming out as a winner. Thats one of the most ridiculous things the claims in the book,? she said.

The book, she noted, says that Bannon had been sidelined by April, which goes further to indicate that he had very little credibility to give much information, particularly after that point, which most of the book is based after that timeframe.

“This book is mistake, after mistake, after mistake,? she said.

“Its completely tabloid, gossip full of false and fraudulent claims,? Sanders said.

The White House press secretary said the author of the book, contrary to the claims, had no access to the White House or the president.

“In fact, there are probably more than 30 requests for access to information from Wolff that were repeatedly denied, including, within that, at least two dozen requests of him asking to have an interview with the president, which he never did. He never discussed this book with the President,? Sanders said.

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