President Donald Trump is not at all happy about a forthcoming book that purports to describe the chaos and dysfunction of his administration’s first year.
The book, by author Michael Wolff, has made headlines after a leaked excerpt revealed former chief strategist Steve Bannon referring to Trump campaign officials’ 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower as “treasonous.”
Since then, Trump has tried to discredit Bannon and minimize his role in the White House and 2016 presidential campaign, and White House spokespeople have called the book “complete fantasy” and the author a “crackpot, fake news fantasy fiction writer.”
Trump, via his attorney, even tried to get the publishers to stop the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” from being released, but the publishers instead moved the release date forward due to overwhelming demand.
“Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President,” Wolff tweeted in response.
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018
With the book’s release on Friday, Trump tweeted out a last-ditch attack on the book and Wolff’s credibility on Thursday night.
“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book,” Trump tweeted. “Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”
I authorized 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 don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
“Sloppy Steve” is apparently Trump’s new nickname for Bannon, who he had effusively praised just after the former strategist left the White House.
“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great!” Trump tweeted in August. “Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews…maybe even better than ever before.”
Wolff allegedly interviewed more than 200 people for his book, which quotes White House officials and Trump campaign staff, and has audio recordings to back up his accounts. Though, while some of Wolff’s story has been corroborated — and he did have access to the White House — a few reviewers have said there are errors in this book as it stands.