President tags Bannon as Sloppy Steve as new book goes on sale

JANUARY 5, 2018

President Donald Trump attacked the credibility of the author of a controversial book which released Friday which highlights the inner workings of the White House, declaring that Michael Wolff’s account is “full of lies.”

Trump also coined a new nickname for Steve Bannon, whose quotes from excerpts of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” have caused a political firestorm this week, calling him “Sloppy Steve.”

In a late Thursday tweet, Trump said that he “authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times),” referring to Wolff, although he did not mention Wolff by name. Trump noted that he never spoke to the “author.”

“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!” Trump tweeted.

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” reportedly disparages Trump and contends that many of his top advisers criticized him in private, including Bannon, according to Fox News.

The White House responded Thursday to claims made in Wolff’s book, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling it “tabloid gossip” rife with “false and fraudulent claims.”

“The book is mistake after mistake after mistake,” Sanders said. “I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page correcting [the book].”

Sanders also called the book “sad,” “pathetic,” and a “fantasy.”

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