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Thursday, January 4, 2018

White House lawyers issue cease-and-desist order :Trump-Bannon row

US President Donald Trump's lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement.

The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff.

Mr Wolff's forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for the job.

Mr Trump responded by saying Mr Bannon had "lost his mind" after losing his White House position.

His lawyers said Mr Bannon had broken his employment agreement by speaking to Wolff about Mr Trump and his family, "disclosing confidential information" and "making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr Wolff about Mr Trump, his family members, and the Company", the letter said.

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What is in the book?

The book - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - makes many explosive claims, including that:
  • Mr Bannon thought a meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a group of Russians was "treasonous"
  • The Trump team was shocked and horrified by his election win
  • His wife, Melania, was in tears on election night
  • Mr Trump was angry that A-list stars had snubbed his inauguration
  • The new president "found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary".
  • His daughter, Ivanka, had a plan with her husband, Jared Kushner, that she would be "the first woman president"
  • Ivanka Trump mocked her dad's "comb-over" hairstyle and "often described the mechanics behind it to friends"

Who is Michael Wolff?
The 64-year-old writer is a former columnist for New York magazine and Vanity Fair. He also wrote a biography of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

His book is reportedly based on more than 200 interviews.

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According to New York magazine, which first published the extracts, Wolff was able to take advantage of the Trump administration's political inexperience to gain an unusual amount of insight.

"There were no ground rules placed on his access, and he was required to make no promises about how he would report on what he witnessed," it says.

Wolff said he was able to take up "something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing" following the president's inauguration.


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