Author, publisher won’t back down on Trump book


Associated Press

WASHINGTON

The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump’s fitness for office on Monday contradicted Steve Bannon’s explanation of comments that had angered his former boss. The book publisher said any effort by Trump to suppress the book would be “flagrantly unconstitutional.”

Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” took issue with a Bannon mea culpa issued Sunday, in which Trump’s former chief strategist sought to make amends for his comments.

In the book, Bannon describes a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., senior campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” The reference angered the president, who last week lashed out at Bannon, saying he “lost his mind.”

Bannon sought to make amends Sunday, saying in a statement his description wasn’t aimed at Trump’s son but at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

But Wolff told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”: “It was not directed at Manafort; it was directed directly at Don. Jr.”

Meanwhile, the publisher of “Fire and Fury” said any efforts to suppress the book are “flagrantly unconstitutional.”

In a letter to company employees Monday and shared with The Associated Press, Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote “no American court” would go along with President Trump should he sue to have “Fire and Fury” withdrawn.

Macmillan is the parent organization of Henry Holt and Company, which released the book.

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