Tapper: Trump Trying To Stop Release of White House Tell-All Because It ‘Hurts His Feelings’
Following the public release of excerpts from Michael Wolff’s upcoming tell-all on Trump World that featured provocative comments from ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, among others, an attorney for President Donald Trump fired off cease and desist orders to Bannon, Wolff and Wolff’s publisher. The letter shows that Trump is threatening to bring a defamation lawsuit over the book.
It appears the publisher is not that concerned about the letter or potential lawsuit, as it was announced today that the release of the book would be moved up to Friday. (It was supposed to come out on Tuesday, January 9.) In the wake of that announcement, CNN’s Jake Tapper devoted his opening monologue this afternoon to Trump’s attempt to block the book.
“Trump’s lawyers sent the warning letters to the publisher and the author Michael Wolff to halt publication not for national security reasons, not for state secrets to put people’s lives at risk, but because the reports paint such an unflattering picture, including savage quotes about the president and his family made by people that President Trump considered allies,” Tapper noted.
After stating that Trump has threatened to sue a whole bunch of people and news outlets without actually following through, Tapper explained why it was extraordinary why the president was going down this route.
“It’s remarkable that the President of the United States is in any way trying to stop publication of a book,” he declared. “Breaching the right of free speech and freedom of the press that we have in this country just because said speech to be candid, hurts his feelings.”
The CNN anchor also highlighted that it was a bit ironic that POTUS is so upset about the gossipy nature of the book considering that he pushed a conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in JFK’s assassination.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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