Sensational Book on Trump Is Top Seller Online

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 16, 2018

Despite-indeed, perhaps because of-Trump's efforts to undermine Fire and Fury, the book is on course to be a bonafide bestseller.

In a pair of tweets that followed a now days-long saga between Trump and Bannon, his former chief strategist, Trump took aim at Bannon's appearance.

Trump's lawyers sent Wolff and his publishers cease-and-desist letters, as they had to Bannon.

Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", includes comments from Bannon suggesting a pre-election meeting between the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer as being "treasonous".

"Where do I send a box of chocolates?" Book Culture, an independent book seller in the Upper West Side neighborhood, said on Friday morning four people had bought the book and it had about 160 copies available, with 150 copies available in its other store.

The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House. Demand for the book has been insatiable since reports of its contents emerged Wednesday.

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This is a catastrophic blow to Steve Bannon and his job security at Breitbart News. Trump wrote. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House had rejected some two dozen of Wolff's requests for an interview with Trump.

The author retorted on NBC's "Today" show: "I absolutely spoke to the president. If he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there, wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen", Sanders said, calling Trump "an incredibly good and strong leader", as quoted by The Hill. "It got so we couldn't answer the phone, it was ringing so much", he said. Trump has said the book is full of lies. Bannon also suggested that the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, was "dumb as a brick".

"100 percent of the people around" the president think he's "a moron, an idiot". He says he "settled on a version of events I believe to be true". Sanders disputes that, pointing to public photos that show the golf enthusiasts had hit the links over the years. "Too bad!" Trump tweeted.

For his part, Trump went after Bannon in an unusual White House statement.

"One of the problems with Wolff's omniscience is that while he may know all, he gets some of it wrong", wrote the late David Carr in The New York Times, noting some discrepancies in dates in Wolff's 1988 book about Murdoch, "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch". Janice Min, an owner of The Hollywood Reporter, tweeted that she was one of the few guests at a dinner reported in the book at Roger Ailes' house in January last year. According to Wolff, Bannon discussed Trump's plans for appointing Cabinet and other advisers and Ailes warned him about the qualifications of some. After being elected, Trump appointed Bannon chief strategist, but arguments within the White House pushed Bannon out just eight months after assuming the position.

The book, dismissed by Trump as full of lies, depicts a chaotic White House, a president who was ill-prepared to win the office in 2016, and Trump aides who scorned his abilities.

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