President Donald Trump said he gave the author of a tell-all book on the White House "zero access," and made a disparaging remark about Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist.
Other Trump officials have continued to criticize Wolff's claims in the book, many of which were made by Bannon who targeted Trump's associates and members of his family.
President Donald Trump continued to lob disparaging remarks at former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, after the release of a book in which Bannon was quoted making a series of critical remarks on Trump's associates and members of his family.
In his tweet Thursday night, Trump called Bannon "Sloppy Steve," and railed against Michael Wolff, the author of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.." The newly released book details sensitive information on the inner-workings of the Trump administration, and includes extensive commentary from Bannon that prompted a brutal response from Trump.
"I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book!," Trump said on Twitter. "I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist."
Donald Trump and Steve Bannon
Donald Trump and Steve Bannon
US President Donald Trump (L) congratulates Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), is joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as he speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2017. Jonathan Ernst: "Very early in the Trump administration, weekends were as busy as weekdays. On Trump's second Saturday the official schedule said he would be making private phone calls to a number of world leaders including Russia's Vladimir Putin. I arrived early and, before sitting down at my desk walked up to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office. He, too, was just taking his coat off. I gingerly made the suggestion that previous administrations had sometimes allowed photos of such phone calls through the Oval Office windows on the colonnade. To my mild shock, he didn't even think about it twice. "We'll do it!" he said. In truth, I really only expected the Putin call, but we were outside the windows multiple times throughout the day as the calls went on."
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to chief strategist Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 22, 2017.
Trump advisers Steve Bannon (L) and Jared Kushner (R) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2017.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) and campaign CEO Steve Bannon (R) listen to National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger Caitlin Kostic (2nd R) on a brief visit to Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 22, 2016.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump signs a memorandum to security services directing them to defeat the Islamic State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. Pictured with him are White House senior advisor Steve Bannon (L-R), National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy National Security Advisor K. T. McFarland, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.
Trump advisor Steve Bannon (L) watches as US President Donald Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy and strategy forum with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Senior Advisor Jared Kusher, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump arrive at the start of a meeting with Senate and House legislators, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers included in the meeting were Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).
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"Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!," Trump continued.
Wolff, a columnist, reportedly had broad access to the West Wing during an 18-month period and conducted over 200 interviews, some of which were said to have been recorded. Despite the corroboration of some of the book's anecdotes by other reporters, White House officials attempted to discredit the book, after news outlets published stories based on the excerpts.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley called Wolff a "crackpot, fake news fantasy fiction writer" in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
Despite Trump's denial, Wolff said he had some interaction with Trump and his aides. And according to the White House, it was Bannon who invited Wolff into the White House's inner circles.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Wolff's book "trashy tabloid fiction" on Wednesday."
Trump's legal counsel has since issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon and the book's publisher, and also suggested that they may seek monetary damages. The publisher fast-tracked its release and it hit store shelves on Friday.