Jan 4, 2018

White House: Wolff's book contains "numerous falsehoods"

Reporters's hands shoot up for questions during a White House briefing. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

"It's absolutely laughable" to believe that Trump would run a campaign without the intention of winning, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, responding to a claim in Michael Wolff's new book that no one in the campaign wanted Trump to win. That's "one of the most ridiculous claims in the book," she said.

Another falsehood in the book is that Trump did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was, Sanders added.

  • The West Wing cell phone ban has nothing to do with the publication of excerpts from the new book, Sanders told reporters.
  • Sanders called Wolff's book "some trash from an author no one has ever heard of before today."
  • The White House denied "at least two dozen" requests from Wolff to sit down with the president for his book, per Sanders.
  • Breitbart should "consider" parting ways with Bannon, Sanders said.
  • "The president absolutely believes in the First Amendment, but as we've said before, the president also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact," Sanders said.
  • Is Gary Cohn on his way out? Sanders has "no reason to know of any personnel change."

One more thing: The briefing opened with a video message from Trump — unusual, as he presumably could have appeared in person — touting the tax cuts law.

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