Michael Wolff says 'In every way comfortable' with Trump book

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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. Try as they might, including a cease and desist letter and a threat of a lawsuit from Trump's personal attorney, the White House hasn't been able to quiet the buzz about "Fire And Fury".

Apparently scanned right out of the book, he brought us an account of the President's demand to watch The Gorilla Channel on his White House television set.

"Where do I send a box of chocolates?" Wolff, 64, said on NBC's "Today".

Trump tweeted late Thursday that Wolff's book was fiction and reliant on fake sources.

He took it up a notch on Saturday by weighing in on the question of his mental state, which has dominated much of the cable news commentary of the book.

The White House has criticized the claims in the book, with press secretary Sarah Sanders calling it "complete fantasy".

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: As he walked to Marine One, President Trump paused to talk to reporters gathered on the frozen south lawn of the White House. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. I am certainly and absolutely in every way comfortable with what I have reported", he added. "Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately". He says he "settled on a version of events I believe to be true".

For example, Wolff writes in the book that Trump didn't know who former House Speaker John Boehner was on election night 2016. She said Wolff never interviewed the president, saying that he "repeatedly begged to see the president". Donald Trump is going to probably spend the remainder of his presidency fighting back. They're not just holding it up for the camera; they're flicking through the pages and laughing like it's the funniest book you'll read in 2018. Wolff and his publisher did not respond to a request for comment and an interview. Sometimes, he critiqued the media.

"There has been increased interest in this title over the last 72 hours, with the book sitting on the top of our Best Sellers lists for Books, Kindle Books, and Audible", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement.

But Wolff was getting support from other corners.

Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", was released Friday. "It's not a deep bench", Bannon acknowledged, according to the book.

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Nearly a year ago, Wolff criticized news outlets covering their own industry even in the time of Trump.