Donald Trump is furious about a new book in which Steve Bannon accuses him of treason. However, the US President's attempts to prevent its publication has only added to the controversy. Max Liu reports and weighs up the latest odds on the Trump presidency...
"In the book, Wolff claims Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon told him that Donald Trump Jr's meetings with Russian who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic"."
The new year is beginning with a bang for President Donald Trump, as an explosive new book hits the shelves with revelations about the chaos inside the White House. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff is being rushed into print today as the publisher attempts to see off the President's attempts to prevent publication.
It's an extraordinary start to the year for Trump, who is [2.06] on Betfair to leave office before completing a full term as president.
In the book, Wolff claims Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon told him that Donald Trump Jr's meetings with Russian who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". The book also reveal the chaos in the White House where staff reportedly consider Trump incapable of carrying the duties of his office.
Trump has hit back on (where else) Twitter, saying Bannon has "lost his mind" and dubbing him "sloppy Steve."
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist. Look at this guy's past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Trump's lawyer, meanwhile, wrote to Wolff and his publisher yesterday, demanding that they cease and desist from publishing the book.
The White House is scrambling to contain the fall out from the book. However, attempts to halt publication appear to have had the opposite effect; Wolff's book has received enormous publicity and, according to reports, publication has been brought forward to today.
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018
Any hope that the second year of Donald Trump's presidency might be quieter and more conventional than 2017 has been destroyed already. This is a big year for Trump, with the Democrats [1.60] to win control of congress and [2.40] to take the senate in November mid-term elections that will be viewed as a referendums on Trump's president.
Whether Trump will be damaged by the revelations in Fire and Fury remains to be soon but one thing looks certain: this year promises to be another roller-coaster, as long as Trump is in the White House. The question is, how long will he hang on?