US President Donald Trump has demanded publisher immediately stop release of a forthcoming controversial book about his administration, one day after he slammed his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon over book quotes.
In a letter sent to publisher Steve Rubin and author Michael Wolff by Trump’s legal team, the president also demanded “a full and complete retraction and apology.”
“(Mr.) Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,” attorney Charles J. Harder wrote in the letter obtained by US local media outlets.
Harder requested the publisher send him a full copy of the book. Meanwhile, he argued in the letter that the book includes “false/baseless statements” which could be “defamation by libel.”
Trump also described himself on Saturday as a “genius”, after a new book suggested that top White House aides feared he was unfit for the job.
….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
In a series of Twitter messages that seemed to respond to revelations in author Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury”, Trump defended himself by charting his rise to the presidency, saying one of his chief assets throughout his life was “being, like, really smart”.
Trump cited his career in business and reality television and his victory in last year’s election as evidence of his mental prowess.
He again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a “total hoax on the American public”.
Meanwhile, the author of the book said that his revelations were likely to bring an end to Trump’s time in the White House.
Michael Wolff told BBC radio that his conclusion in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — that Trump is not fit to do the job — was becoming a widespread view.
“I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect,” Wolff said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.
“The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job,” Wolff said.
The cease and desist letter came one day after The Guardian newspaper revealed that Bannon, quoted from excerpts of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” described the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump’s son and son-in-law as “treasonous” and ” unpatriotic.”
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump was quoted as saying.
Later on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fiercely slapped Wolff’s book, accusing it is “filled with false and misleading accounts.”