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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Wolff Book 'Sad, Pathetic'

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Wolff Book 'Sad, Pathetic'
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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 03:31 PM

The White House is continuing its assault on the author of an upcoming book that paints a poor picture of President Donald Trump, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying it is "full of tabloid gossip" — and noting that Breitbart News should consider firing Steve Bannon over comments he allegedly made in the book.

Sanders faced an onslaught of questions during Thursday's press briefing about "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." A lengthy excerpt of the book was published Wednesday in New York Magazine and made damaging claims against Trump and members of his family.

"I will not go through every single page of the book, but there are numerous examples of falsehoods that take place in the book," said Sanders, who then referenced a claim that said Trump did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.

"There are numerous mistakes. But I'm not going to waste my time or the country's time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip," she said. "Because it is sad, pathetic. And our administration and focus will be more on moving the country forward."

Bannon, who worked as the chief executive of Trump's campaign and the White House chief strategist before he was fired last summer, is quoted in the book taking shots at Trump and people in his inner circle. Those quotes sparked a fierce response from Trump himself, who said Wednesday Bannon did not have much influence in the West Wing.

Sanders was asked if the White House thinks Bannon should be fired from Breitbart, the media company he runs.

"I certainly think that it is something that they should look at and consider," she said.

A lawyer for Trump sent a letter to Michael Wolff, the author of the book, and his publisher Henry Holt and Co. Inc. asking them to stop publication of the book. As of now, it is slated to be released next Tuesday.

"The president absolutely believes in the First Amendment," Sanders said. "As we have said before, the president also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact when it certainly and clearly is not."

Regarding whether Trump really wanted to be president — the Wolff book claims he did not — Sanders wrote that off as another falsehood.

"It is absolutely laughable to think that somebody like this president would run for office with the purpose of losing," she said. "If you guys know anything, you know that Donald Trump is a winner. And he is not going to do something for the purpose of coming out on top and not coming out as a winner."

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The White House is continuing its assault on the author of an upcoming book that paints a poor picture of President Donald Trump, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying it is "full of tabloid gossip" — and noting that Breitbart News should consider firing Steve...
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