Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka tried to defend Donald Trump in a column for The Hill on Monday, but instead, he threw his former boss under the bus. Gorka was attempting to discredit Michael Wolff’s new book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ but instead, he unwittingly confirmed that the author was given access to the White House.
According to Gorka, White House staff were told to cooperate with Wolff and that is in direct contrast to what Trump has said on Twitter.
On Friday, Trump said that he gave “zero access” to the White House.
“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book!” President Exclamation Mark tweeted. “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
However, in the op-ed, Gorka said that he was instructed to play ball with Wolff but added that he declined because he thought the author would be biased against Trump.
“So, when I met Michael Wolff in [former chief of staff] Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk [former chief strategist] Steve Bannon and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: ‘Thanks but no thanks’,” Gorka wrote. “Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased.”
Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff’s publisher last week, but instead of stopping publication of the book, the release date was moved to Friday. The book is now a best seller and more printed copies are on the way in order to meet the high demand for the tell-all book.
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