The White House has been buffeted by unflattering anecdotes culled from Michael Wolff's new exposé, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which characterizes the president as a simpleton with diminishing mental faculties.
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Wolff spent 18 months reporting on both the Trump campaign and the Trump White House.
"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor - with no lawyers". The excerpts were released after another recent controversial interview Bannon participated in with Vanity Fair that was met with disdain from his former employer.
"That this was more peculiar than they ever imagined it could be".
Contrary to White House statements, Wolff claims that he had unhindered access to the White House and that his book is based on more than 200 interviews.
The President has claimed he never spoke with Mr Wolff for his "phony book", tweeting on Thursday: "Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist".
On Friday night, President Trump angrily tweeted about the book.
The White House has slammed Wolff and the book as "fraudulent".
The White House has criticized the claims in the book, with press secretary Sarah Sanders calling it "complete fantasy".
"I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius and a very stable genius at that!" he tweeted.
"In what way?" the host responded.
Sanders also noted that reporters who are "routinely incredibly critical" of the president have also questioned Wolff's journalistic credibility.
"Not only is he helping me sell books, he is helping me to prove the point of the book", Wolff said on the Today show Friday. Instead of halting publication, Wolff's publisher accelerated its sale to Friday, due to "unprecedented demand".
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