Trump threatens lawsuit to halt book

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally

Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions.

Wolff's book has been heavily criticised by both Trump and Trump's supporters online, with the official GOP Twitter condemning the publication with its own satirical poster.

Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" went on sale on Friday, its release pulled forward after published excerpts this week set off a political firestorm, threats by Trump lawyers of legal action and an effort to halt publication.

"Where do I send a box of chocolates?" Earlier, he had tweeted: "Thank you, Mr. President".

Trump tweeted late Thursday that Wolff's book was fiction and reliant on fake sources. The book draws a derogatory portrait of the 45th president as an undisciplined man-child who didn't actually want to win the White House, and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends.

Trump said on Twitter Thursday night that he "authorized Zero access to White House" for the author and "never spoke to him for book".

Donald Trump has claimed Steve Bannon "cried when he was sacked and begged for his job", marking an escalation in the feud between the former strategist whose contributions to an explosive new book have made headlines around the world. "Look at this guy's past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!"

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is out in stores today, January 5.

"Whether he realised it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it was certainly not off the record."
He added that he has recordings and notes and remains "absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I've reported in this book".

"My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point", he said to Savannah Guthrie on Friday on NBC's "Today".

Mr Trump is hosting Republican leaders, including House speaker Paul Ryan, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell at Camp David this weekend for a strategy meeting to discuss November's mid-term elections, policy objectives for 2018, and the looming budget deadline on January 20th.

In the introduction to "Fire and Fury", Wolff writes numerous accounts provided "are in conflict with one another" and may be "badly untrue". These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book. "In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true".

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who the book said warned Trump that he may be under surveillance from British spies, issued a statement describing the claim as "categorically absurd" and "simply untrue".

Thomas Barrack, a close friend of Mr. Trump, denied a claim in the book that he had told another friend that the President is "not only insane, he's stupid".

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