Author stands over content of book Trump tried to stop

Glen Norman
January 11, 2018

Stating he didn't authorize access to the White House to Wolff, the book was filled with lies and calling Bannon, 'Sloppy Steve'. "Many leaving are quite fearful about the next chapter of the Trump presidency".

Mr Bannon is depicted in the book as questioning Mr Trump's competence and described a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Junior, Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous".

But the book's author, Michael Wolff, says he can't be sure that all of it is true.

Bannon might quite reasonably assert that such an agreement can not bind him now as his derogatory references to Trump insiders in the Wolff book focused on the period of the Trump presidency rather than that of the Trump campaign.

"My indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all - 100 percent - came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job", Wolff wrote.

The book itself, reviewed by Business Insider from a copy acquired prior to its Friday publication, is not always clear about what level of confidence the author has in any particular assertion.

"More than half a dozen of the more skilled White House staff are contemplating imminent departures", according to Axios co-founders Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei.

They include assertions that Trump never wanted to be president, that all of his senior staff considered him an idiot, that he tried to lock the Secret Service out of his room, and that he ate at McDonald's to avoid being poisoned.

Wealthy conservative donor Rebekah Mercer, whose support of Steve Bannon helped turn him into a right-wing superstar, officially cut him off Thursday.

"My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on Earth", Wolff said.

"I'd like to associate myself with what the president had to say about Steve Bannon yesterday", he said mischievously on Thursday.

"I certainly think that it's something they should look at and consider", she said.

The White House has hit back against the claim, calling it "outrageous". Whether he realized it was an interview or not I don't know.

"When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind", responded Trump in a statement released by the White House.

"I intend to be here for the whole year", he said.

Sending the cease-and-desist letter may be a way to show others that Trump will "take aggressive action, even if it's somewhat frivolous", Bennett said.

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