On the night before retailers started selling Michael Wolff’s new book, President Donald Trump attempted to discredit it and took aim once again at his former chief strategist Steve Bannon:
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
“Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Trump said, echoing other criticisms of the book.
Since excerpts from the book emerged in the press, the White House has attempted to discredit it as “complete fantasy” and “full of tabloid gossip.”
When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made those comments, she said, as Trump did, that the White House denied multiple requests for Wolff to interview the president.
Despite Trump’s attorney sending Wolff a cease and desist letter, reportedly in an effort to block his book’s publication, Wolff’s publisher allowed some retailers to sell the book Friday.
In an interview on “Today,” Wolff defended himself against the president’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 said.
On Wednesday, Trump appeared to call Wolff’s book “phony” when he issued a scathing rebuke of Bannon, who allegedly criticized Donald Trump Jr. over a meeting he had with a Russian attorney in 2016.
Bannon, whom Trump called “Sloppy Steve,” suggested that meeting was “treasonous” and Trump Jr. was naive to hold the meeting without a lawyer.
In response, Trump said Bannon “lost his mind.”
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump added.