Trump demands publisher stop release of book quoting ex-aide Bannon
Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded publisher immediately stop release of a forthcoming controversial book about his administration, one day after he lambasted former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon over book quotes.
In a letter sent to publisher Steve Rubin and author Michael Wolff by Trump’s legal team, the president also demanded “a full and complete retraction and apology”, Xinhua news agency reported.
“(Mr.) Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,” attorney Charles J. Harder wrote in the letter obtained by US local media outlets.
Harder requested the publisher send him a full copy of the book. Meanwhile, he argued in the letter that the book includes “false/baseless statements” which could be “defamation by libel.”
The cease and desist letter came one day after The Guardian newspaper revealed that Bannon, quoted from excerpts of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” described the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump’s son and son-in-law as “treasonous” and ” unpatriotic.”
“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,” Trump was quoted as saying.
Later on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fiercely slapped Wolff’s book, accusing it is “filled with false and misleading accounts.”
She also said the president felt “furious” and” disgusted” about Bannon’s comments in the book.
The book is set to be published on January 9.