WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — President Donald Trump again slammed former White House strategist Steve Bannon and a new book about his administration based in part on interviews with Bannon in a late night tweet Friday.
“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book,” Trump wrote. “He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”
Bannon was forced out of the White House in August. At the time, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted his departure was a mutual decision. Trump’s claim that he begged and cried seems to dispute that.
Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," has been a target of the administration’s frustration for days. Following an attempt by President Trump to block its publication, publisher Henry Holt moved its release date up from next week to Friday.
Among other things, the book cites Bannon describing Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians claiming to have incriminating information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in June 2016 as "treasonous." It also often depicts President Trump as uninformed, absent-minded, and mentally unfit for his job.
Sanders has dismissed the book as a work of "fantasy" and Trump issued a lengthy statement claiming Bannon has lost his mind. Bannon has come under fire from many Republicans, including some whose campaigns he supported, since excerpts of the book were first published Wednesday.
Sales of "Fire and Fury" were strong in many stores Friday, with some reporting sellouts by day’s end. Buzzfeed reported Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C. ran out of copies 20 minutes after opening at midnight in anticipation of the release.
The book has sparked controversy both because of its contents and because a number of people quoted and journalists who cover the White House have denied some of its explosive claims. Wolff, who has faced similar criticism over previous books and columns, stands by his reporting, which he says is based on over 200 interviews with many people in and around the administration.
Trump's tweet also included a post by the Republican National Committee compiling quotes from people who have questioned the book's accuracy, including Maggie Haberman of the New York Times and Alysin Camerota of CNN, under the words "Liar and Phony."