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Trump dismisses Wolff’s book as ‘full of lies’

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

Trump tweeted that he had given author Michael Wolff “zero access” to the White House for his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, which is set to be released today.

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 is releasing today, two days ahead of the schedule after Trump s lawyers made a move to stop its release.

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 president’s inauguration for a close-up insight into the fledgling administration.

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

“There are numerous mistakes, but I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page, talking about a book that’s complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip, because it’s 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 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. “It’s 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.

PTI

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