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The Latest: Author Michael Wolff shrugs off Trump’s anger

The Latest: Author Michael Wolff shrugs off Trump's anger

WASHINGTON/January 05, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on President Donald Trump, his former aide Steve Bannon and the book that told of a chaotic White House (all times local):

7:50 a.m.

The author of an explosive new book about President Donald Trump’s first year in office says the president’s calls to halt publication are helping him sell more copies.

Michael Wolff says on NBC’s “Today Show” Friday: “Where do I send a box of chocolates?”

Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” portrays Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn’t want to win the White House. Trump said on Twitter that it is full of “lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.”

Wolff said Friday he had spoken to Trump since the inauguration. He said he was “comfortable” with all the reporting in the book.

Trump’s attorney has demanded a halt to the publication of the book or excerpts. The publisher instead moved up the release date to Friday.

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3:30 a.m.

The acrimony surrounding former White House adviser Steve Bannon’s very public break with President Donald Trump is escalating, suggesting a permanent split between the president and the pugilistic strategist who helped put him in the Oval Office.

The new fissure in an already fractious Republican Party cast doubt on Bannon’s hopes to foment a movement centered on “Trumpism without Trump.”

It already has cost him a key backer. Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire GOP donor and Breitbart co-owner, issued a statement Thursday distancing her family from Bannon.

White House officials described the president as furious at Bannon’s criticisms, laid out in an explosive new book that quoted the former aide as questioning Trump’s competence and describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (JS)

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