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"Fire and Fury" out early after Trump threatens legal action

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Eleena Tovar | 13 Enero, 2018, 19:46

"So it becomes from day one, the crisis of the presidency: you can't tell him anything". One fired campaign aide, Sam Nunberg, is quoted as saying he was assigned to tutor Trump on the Constitution. But the psychology would work as follows: Bannon has always thought that Trump was riding a global nationalist wave that'd swept across Europe, the UK and now the US.

The book - Fire And Fury by Michael Wolff - quotes White House aides claiming Mr Trump has a short attention span, often repeats himself and that he refuses to read briefing notes. The book also alleges that Chief of Staff John Kelly admitted that he accepted the job of working for Trump, despite the president's uncontrollable nature, so that he could prevent the man from causing a catastrophe.

President Donald Trump is praising a major Republican donor family for distancing themselves from his former adviser Steve Bannon.

Some said it felt "like a message from a Bond villain", while others compared it to films such as V For Vendetta...

Justin Bethel, manager of the Politics and Prose bookstore, said its 30 copies sold out quickly. At times, Wolff has gotten scathing reviews for some of his seven books for his writing style, as well as what some critics claim is a focus on issues of style rather than substance. So let me say very forthrightly: This book is not about Steve Bannon.

Steve Bannon's contrition tour began this week with nothing but praise for Donald Trump. On "Today", Wolff said the president's action boosted sales. And the author confidently defended himself against attacks on his credibility, which have included threats from Trump's lawyers of a libel suit.

Those close to Bannon said that as the controversy unfolded, he seemed eager to find a way to try to repair his relationship with the president.

In his statement Sunday, first provided to Axios, Bannon praises both Trump Jr. and his father.

The White House issued a scorched-earth dismissal of Fire and Fury, its author and his sources, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calling it "complete fantasy". White House officials said Sunday that there was no immediate desire to accept his apology, though one added that Trump had harbored an inexplicable soft spot for Bannon for months, even as his allies told him to dump the former chief strategist.

Wolff said he stands by everything in his book and has notes and recordings to back it up.

Trump has dismissed the book as full of lies. That timetable changed after The Guardian newspaper obtained a copy earlier this week and revealed some of its most explosive allegations. She said Wolff never interviewed the president, saying that he "repeatedly begged to see the president". On Thursday, Gingrich echoed Trump's charge that Bannon had "lost his mind".

Cillizza: I am STUNNED that Bannon ever entertained the idea of a presidential bid. "Just shooting off the sides". "Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist", Trump tweeted on Thursday.

This was the spark which lit the whole fuse of course. It's the Mercer family that funds Bannon's enterprises, including Breitbart. "Bannon snorted. 'Too much, too little-doesn't necessarily change things'". Bannon was an agent of that influence, and the architect. "I'm here to serve his presidency".

"I think the president of the United States has shown he's very very capable; very, very talented", conservative commentator Ed Martin tells Weekend Edition. He has taken housekeeping staff to task over cleaning his room: "If my shirt is on the floor, it's because I want it on the floor".

Some Trump allies even encouraged him to welcome Bannon back into his good graces.

"Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know", Wolff said of the president on NBC News' "Today Show".