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Trump Allies Defend Him Against Controversial Book's Claims

On Sunday, two days after the book's release, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to an electronic image of the text

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    Wolff Discusses Shocking Trump Tell-All Book

    "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff discusses President Donald Trump and the access he had to White House staffers while compiling his shocking new book. (Published Friday, Jan. 5, 2018)

    Trump administration officials and allies are rallying to the president's defense, trying to contain the fallout from an explosive new book that questions Trump's fitness for office.

    Chief policy adviser Stephen Miller, in a combative appearance Sunday on CNN, described the book as "nothing but a pile of trash through and through."

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Trump was "completely fit" to lead the country.

    "These are from people who just have not accepted the fact that President Trump is the United States president and I'm sorry for them in that," Pompeo, who gives Trump his regular intelligence briefings, said on "Fox News Sunday."

    Pompeo Visits Saudi Arabia With Concerns Over Missing Writer

    [NATL] Pompeo Visits Saudi Arabia With Concerns Over Missing Journalist

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Tuesday after concerns of missing journalist Jamal Kashoggi prompted calls for an investigation into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Kashoggi was last seen. Kashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was a frequent critic of the prince. 

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said she visits the White House once a week, and "no one questions the stability of the president."

    "I'm always amazed at the lengths people will go to, to lie for money and for power. This is like taking it to a whole new low," she told ABC's "This Week."

    Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" portrays the 45th president as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides.

    That picture, said Miller, "is so contrary to reality, to the experience of those who work with him."

    Miller also criticized Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who is quoted at length by Wolff, saying it was "tragic and unfortunate" that Bannon "would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive."

    Bannon's description of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" particularly infuriated Trump, who released a seething statement accusing Bannon of having "lost his mind."

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    [NATL] Kanye West's Visit With Trump: 'Fine Wine,' 'Alternate Universe' And Other Moments

    Kanye West spoke for nearly 10 minutes straight while visiting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday. Here were some notable moments from the meeting.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)

    Trying to heal the damage and make amends, Bannon released a statement Sunday praising Trump Jr. as "both a patriot and a good man" and insisting his description was aimed at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, not Trump's son.

    "I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency," Bannon said in the statement, which was first obtained by the news site Axios.

    Miller's interview on CNN's "State of the Union" quickly grew heated, with Miller criticizing CNN's coverage and moderator Jake Tapper accusing Miller of speaking to an audience of one: his boss.

    Tapper abruptly ended the interview, saying: "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time."

    Soon after, Trump tweeted: "Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"

    Trump took the extraordinary step Saturday of using Twitter to defend his fitness for office, insisting he is "like, really smart" and, indeed, a "very stable genius." He pressed the case again on Sunday as he prepared to depart Camp David, where he spent the weekend meeting with Republican congressional leaders, top aides and Cabinet members.

    Trump Doesn’t Want to Sanction Saudis Over Missing Writer

    [NATL] Trump Doesn’t Want to Sanction Saudis Over Missing Writer

    Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, is missing and feared dead after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. President Donald Trump says he wants to learn more about the incident but does not want to place sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)

    "I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author," he tweeted.

    On Sunday, two days after the book's release, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to an electronic image of the text. Posting the text of a book without permission would violate copyright restrictions and potentially damage sales. Yet, hours after WikiLeaks tweeted the link, "Fire and Fury" remained No. 1 on Amazon's lists of hardcover and ebook bestsellers.

    Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.