Donald Trump gave 'banned' Washington Post permission to write biography

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Donald Trump campaign press secretary Hope Hicks was against the upcoming biography written by "banned" reporters on the GOP nominee until Trump himself intervened, according to the Washington Post.

The paper said Hicks initially bashed "Trump Reveled," as "incredibly disingenuous" and "icily" said Trump would not participate in the project by Washington Post writers Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish, who happened to be among a group of reporters publicly banned by Trump.

However, Hicks called back a few days later and said, "I told Mr. Trump about your project and he loves it," according to the Post.

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Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987)

“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump

The America We Deserve (2000)

"The America We Deserve is Donald Trump's position paper on the major political issues facing our country."

Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)

"Real estate titan, bestselling author, and TV impresario Donald J. Trump reveals the secrets of his success in this candid and unprecedented book of business wisdom and advice."

Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life (2004)

"It’s not good enough to want it. You’ve got to know how to get it. Real estate titan, bestselling author, and TV star Donald J. Trump is the man to teach you the billionaire mind-set–how to think about money, career skills, and life."

Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received (2005)

"The host and coproducer of the megahit reality show The Apprentice presents a unique collection of golf advice."

Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men – One Message (2006)

"Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki wrote Why We Want You To Be Rich because they saw how the turbulent economic climate would impact the middle class."

Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life (2007)

"Donald J. Trump is an icon: the very definition of the American success story. Republican Presidential candidate, reality-television star, and developer of some of the planet's most prestigious real estate, he's also become one of the world's wealthiest men."

Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies (2007)

"Donald Trump has gathered in one book the best advice on real estate from the brightest and most experienced people…"

Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007)

"In Trump 101, Trump himself becomes your personal mentor and coach as he shares tips, tactics, and strategies, all designed to help you make the most of yourself, your career, and your life."

Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success (2008)

In Never Give Up, Donald Trump tells the dramatic stories of his biggest challenges, lowest moments, and worst mistakes—and how he uses tenacity and creativity to turn defeat into victory.

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life (2009)

"Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, and he has also written short pieces that summarize his singularly successful tenets on how to live the good life, both personally and professionally."

Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich—and Why Most Don't (2011)

"In Midas Touch, Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki ask the question: What’s an entrepreneur’s most important job? The answer: creating high-quality, stable jobs.
And in today’s marketplace, “jobs” are in high demand — and so are the skills and the innovation and vision of entrepreneurs."

Time to Get Tough: Making America No. 1 Again (2011)

"2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a plan to make America great again."

Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015)

"Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time."

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Trump then met with Fisher and Kranish, offering 20 hours plus of access over a four-month period, while the Post was supposed to be banned by the Trump campaign, according to the paper. The Post said Trump was willing to discuss everything from his childhood and real estate career to his political evolution. He even shared details of his "romances, family history, friendships and other influences," it reported.

Fisher and Kranish called the interviews "fascinating but frequently frustrating." They claim Trump often gave "disjointed answers" to uncomfortable questions.

BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post and Politico join the Washington Post on the Trump campaign's blacklist, according to CNN. Banned reporters can attend Trump events as public citizens, but cannot attend private events such as press conferences.

But apparently, they are allowed to spend time with the GOP nominee and eventually write an entire book.

"Trump Revealed" will be published by Scribner on Aug. 23.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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