Trump and Bolton in 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump sure is good at selling books — even when they attack him.

The state of play: The president said this week that "a lot of people are upset" that John Bolton, his former national security adviser, had written the 592-page book — "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," out Tuesday.

  • "I will consider every conversation with me, as president, highly classified," he said.
  • "So that would mean that if he wrote a book and if ... the book gets out, he's broken the law.  And I would think that he would have criminal problems."

Why it matters: For an author and publisher, that's gold.

  • Then yesterday, the Justice Department sued to block publication of the book, which has already been shipped.
  • Trump's opposition to publication vastly increases the book's value, and reader interest around the world.

Sure enough, a week before publication, Bolton's book hit #1 on Amazon's bestsellers list.

What's next: Bolton plans a ton of interviews.

  • And we're told that Attorney General William Barr has a starring role in the book.

Go deeper

Judge lifts restraining order on Mary Trump on eve of book release

Photo: Simon & Schuster

A New York judge on Monday lifted the temporary restraining order that had prevented Mary Trump from publicly discussing a tell-all book set to be released July 14 about her uncle, President Trump.

Why it matters: Mary Trump, a trained psychologist, portrays the president as a dangerous sociopath and alleges in her book that Donald Trump's sister Maryanne had concerns about her brother's fitness for office, among other things.

Competitors ready to pounce on TikTok bans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Growing security and privacy concerns over Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok have given a lift to alternatives like Byte and Dubsmash, which have seen spikes in downloads from smartphone users recently, according to data from SensorTower.

Why it matters: If TikTok's meteoric rise in popularity among U.S. youth gets slowed by rising tensions with China, or ended by a threatened ban by the Trump administration, American teens will still have to get their hits of meme-laden video somewhere.

45 mins ago - Technology

U.S. pushes homegrown drone industry amid China battle

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Alarmed at the prospect of relying on Chinese-made drones for public safety and monitoring critical industries, U.S. investors and the federal government are newly backing a domestic drone industry of hardware and software companies.

The big picture: The moves come as the industry continues to be led by DJI, a Chinese hardware maker — and as concerns grow both in China and the U.S. about reliance on the other country's technology.