Here's what's in the controversial new book about the Trump White House

Here's what's in the controversial new book about the Trump White House

A new book portraying Donald Trump as uninformed and unfit for the United States presidency flew off bookstore shelves in Washington on Friday as author Michael Wolff refuted the president's claim that it was written with "zero" access to the White House.

In multiple tweets this week, Trump has also ripped into Bannon, who is purported to be one of the Wolff's primary sources, after he was quoted criticising the president and members of his family in the book.

KEITH: Wolff disputes that, telling McEvers that from the campaign through the early months of the presidency, he spent about three hours with Trump and was essentially a fly on the wall in the West Wing.

But in a Friday interview with NBC's "Today" show, Wolff insisted that he absolutely spoke to the president.

"The Fake News Media (Mainstream) and this phony new book are hitting out at every new front imaginable", Trump wrote.

"Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book", Trump tweeted late Friday evening local time.

For the first week of January 2018, the whole internet has been buzzing over journalist Michael Wolff's upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

On Friday afternoon, no copies were available at Barnes & Noble locations at the Concord and Christiana malls.

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Mr Bannon also portrayed the Republican as out of his depth, with the instincts of a child, and said the President's team White House possessed no "brain trust". "He never interviewed the president about the book".

Trump tried to stop Fire and Fury from being released by having his attorney send a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff's publisher on Thursday.

Last year, he reportedly described the President as a moron after a national security meeting, a claim denied by his office.

MICHAEL WOLFF: Not only does he not read, he doesn't listen.

In Fire and Fury, Wolff interviewed Bannon, who used "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" to describe Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer to purportedly obtain damning information on Hillary Clinton.

The acrimony surrounding former White House adviser Steve Bannon's very public break with President Donald Trump is escalating, suggesting a permanent split between the president and the pugilistic strategist who helped put him in the Oval Office.

His Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, dismissed the book as being "complete fantasy and full of tabloid gossip", from "an author no one had ever heard of before". "I never spoke to him for book", the president tweeted on Friday.

The new fissure in an already fractious Republican Party cast doubt on Bannon's hopes to foment a movement centered on "Trumpism without Trump".

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