Trump tries to block release of 'libelous' book

Elias Hubbard
January 5, 2018

Bannon joined Trump's presidential campaign as its CEO in summer 2016, and then served as the White House's chief strategist until leaving in August of previous year and returning to Breitbart.

"Thank you, Mr. President", Wolff tweeted.

Wolff and the book's publishers were not cowed by legal threats however, with the announcement it would be released ahead of schedule. "The president of the United States is a great man".

In another excerpt from the book, published on Thursday by the Hollywood Reporter, Wolff recounted the moment when Walsh quit on March 30 after the administration and the GOP's latest failure to pass health care legislation that would have delivered on Trump's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

But, as The Hill first reported, that plan was abandoned when Trump released his statement and it became clear Bannon's planned effort would not be enough to salvage his relationship with the president.

In the book, Bannon is quoted accusing Trump's eldest son Don Jr of "treasonous" contacts with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and saying the president's daughter Ivanka is "dumb as a brick".

A lawsuit could hurt Trump because Bannon's lawyers would be entitled to interview White House officials and collect potentially damaging documents from them in his defense, Moss said.

Wolff's book is full of "alarming anecdotes" and "arresting details", wrote Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times, but "most of all, the book confirms what is already widely understood - not just that Trump is entirely unfit for the presidency, but that everyone around him knows it".

Trump tries to block release of 'libelous' book
Trump tries to block release of 'libelous' book

The West Wing houses the president's Oval Office and the offices of his closest aides.

Almost a year ago, Wolff disparaged news outlets covering their own industry even in the time of Trump. "I've never had such conversation in the White House, outside of the White House, with Jared Kushner, with anybody else".

Many say it is to crack down on leaks but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims it is a security measure.

"This book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section", Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement, adding that the first lady "supported her husband's decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so".

Before Trump released his Wednesday statement, Bannon was nearly finished crafting his own statement with his close advisers, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.

The president attacked Bannon for backing Roy Moore in Alabama, a race that the Republican lost last month to Democrat Doug Jones. "He obviously changed his tune pretty quick".

"At the end of the day, what I said, taking out the expletives, he's for Steve". Janice Min, an owner of The Hollywood Reporter, tweeted that she was one of the few guests at a dinner reported in the book at Roger Ailes' house in January a year ago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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