WASHINGTON, D.C.– A tell-all book which promises to blow the lid off of Trump’s White House secrets is battling to make it to the bookshelves before being stopped by the Commander-in-Chief.
The forthcoming book, ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, which has caused a sensation since snippets from the tattler was released on Wednesday, is now scheduled to hit bookstores on Friday.
“Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9,” a spokesman for publisher Henry Holt and Company announced on Thursday.
Contained in the tell-all are alleged comments by one of the president’s former key advisors, Steve Bannon, who criticised the president and his son, Donald Trump, Jr., as being “treasonous” and “unpatriotic ” over their communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The snippets caused an explosion of interest in the book on social media Wednesday, causing the president to respond to the book’s claims.
“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. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” Trump said in a written statement following the book preview’s release.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself,” the president continued.
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump claimed.
“We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down,” the statement concluded.
Seemingly taking a swipe at the president by flaunting the interest in the, Wolff tweeted: “Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.”
During a White House press briefing on Thursday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders slammed the book, calling it a “fantasy”.
The book is mistake after mistake after mistake,” Sanders said, calling it tabloid gossip” laced with “false and fraudulent claims.”
“I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page correcting [the book],” Sanders added.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the president sent a letter to Wolff and the book’s publisher on Thursday demanding the book’s publication be halted and that Wolff issue “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,” the demand reads.
A spokesperson for Henry Holt and Company said that, despite the president’s threats, their company has no plans to hold back the book’s publication.