FORIEGN:Book paints Trump as lacking understanding of his position

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President Donald Trump. Photo: Independent
A new book has made extraordinary claims about the Donald Trump presidency .
The explosive new book that claims Donald Trump never wanted to win the election has left the White House in “ total meltdown ,” according to insiders .
Details from Fire and Fury : Inside the Trump White House have rocked US politics , including the astonishing claim that Trump was horrified when he won the presidency , and that his victory left Melania ‘ in tears . ’
Sources told US station MSNBC that Trump was “ beyond furious ” about what had been written in the book, set to be published in full on 9 January, and that White House aides were scrambling to discover what dirt on them might be unveiled .
The President released an extraordinary statement attacking his former chief strategist Steve Bannon , who was one of more than 200 sources spoken to by the book ’s author , Michael Wolff.
Trump said that Mr . Bannon “ has nothing to do with me or my Presidency ” and added : “ When he was fired , he not only lost his job , he lost his mind . ”
Meanwhile , the president ’ s lawyer , Charles Harder, threatened legal action against Mr . Bannon over “ disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements. ”
Mr . Harder sent a letter to Mr . Bannon saying the former aide violated confidentiality agreements by speaking with Mr . Wolff.
The letter demanded Mr . Bannon “ cease and desist ” any further disclosure of confidential information .
What are some of the bombshell claims made in the book?
Mr . Wolff paints Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to old friends .
In the book, Mr . Bannon is quoted as describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Junior, Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “ treasonous” and “ unpatriotic . ”
Mr . Bannon also speaks critically of President Trump ’ s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka, calling her “dumb as a brick . ”
He is quoted as saying : “ A little marketing savvy and has a look , but as far as understanding actually how the world works and what politics is and what it means – nothing . ”
Mr . Wolff also writes that Trump believed his presidential nomination would boost his brand and deliver “ untold opportunities ” – but that he never expected to win .
It also claims Mr . Trump Junior told a friend that his father looked as if he had seen a ghost when it became clear he might win the presidency.
What is the reaction from the Trump administration to the book?
In addition to Trump ’ s statement about Mr . Bannon , White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the release left the President “ furious ” and “disgusted . ”
She complained that the book contained “outrageous ” and “completely false claims against the President , his administration and his family . ”
The First Lady’ s spokeswoman , Stephanie Grisham , disputed claims Mrs. Trump was upset about her husband winning .
Ms Grisham said the First Lady supported her husband ’ s decision to run , encouraged him to do so and was happy when he won .
She said in a statement : “ The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. ”

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