Trump demands publisher stop release of book quoting ex-aide Bannon

Trump demands publisher stop release of book quoting ex-aide Bannon

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 a year ago and returning to Breitbart.

But it is the United States president himself that is cast in the most unfavorable light - by a series of his top aides. The publisher announced late Thursday that it would move up the release to Friday due to "unprecedented demand".

Henry Holt and Co. says in a statement that it will move up the release date of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" four days, to January 5, citing "unprecedented demand".

Wolff, a renowned author and journalist in the USA who profiled Rupert Murdoch in a previous book, alleges the Trump family and staffers were angling for high-profile jobs following their expected loss.

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".

While the Trump administration is trying to spin the new "no personal device" policy as a security issue, the fact of reporter Michael Wolff's bombshell White House exposé release this week certainly calls that into doubt.

Almost a year ago, Wolff disparaged news outlets covering their own industry even in the time of Trump. "He obviously changed his tune pretty quick".


Although President Trump has been adamant about stopping leaks to the media, aides said that wasn't the intent of the action on cellphones.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the book a "trashy tabloid fiction expose" and asserted that the accounts inside it came from "individuals who have no access or influence with the White House".

Each week, USA TODAY's OnPolitics blog takes a look at how media from the left and the right reacted to a political news story, giving liberals and conservatives a peek into the other's media bubble.

Bannon had everything to do with Trump's election, the transition that followed, and the critical first months of Trump's presidency.

Around the same time, Wolff also wrote a prescient Newsweek column about how the still-new and struggling Trump White House and the media might reach a balance or detente. "But I'm not going to waste my time or the country's time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip", Sanders said.

President Donald Trump is demanding the author and publisher of a new book about him immediately halt its release. One former White House official said Wolff was known to camp out for hours in the West Wing lobby after meetings, sitting on a sofa as he waited to talk to staffers passing by.

Bannon helped Trump shape a populist, anti-establishment message and had been the president's link to his hard-line conservative base of support, which is often at odds with the Republican Party establishment.

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