Explosive book on President Trump’s first year set to go on sale

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Washington – The first copies of a controversial new book that
portrays US President Donald Trump as uninformed and unfit for office
will hit the shelves on Friday.

After being threatened with legal action, publisher Henry Holt
accelerated publication of journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury:
Inside the Trump White House” by four days.

It has already hit the number 1 bestseller spot on Amazon.

The book describes Trump’s 2016 campaign as a publicity stunt not
intended to win the presidency, according to excerpts published
Wednesday in New York magazine and the British newspaper The
Guardian.

Among its other claims are that former top aide to the president
Steve Bannon described a meeting between Trump’s son and
Kremlin-linked figures as “treasonous.”

Bannon’s key supporters began to distance themselves from him since
excerpts were published, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The family of the hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer – whose daughter
Rebekah is a founder of right-wing news company Breitbart which
Bannon chairs – seemed to sever ties with the outspoken
arch-conservative.

“My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many
months and have provided no financial support to his political
agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements,” Rebekah
Mercer said in a statement reported by the Times.

In a letter on Trump’s behalf published online Thursday by the
Washington Post, lawyer Charles Harder alleged that quotes attributed
to Bannon and others were libellous.

Trump tweeted late Thursday that Wolff’s had written a “phony book.”

“Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look
at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”
the president wrote.

-(dpa)