It wasn't long before the book created a public rift between Trump and Bannon, who's always been one of the president's most ardent supporters.
Trump responds to Michael Wolff's book about his campaign and the early days of his presidency: "I consider it a work of fiction".
The tweets were another sign of Trump's frustration at what he views as unfair treatment by the news media of his presidency amid a federal investigation into whether he or his campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign. "If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen", he said. Aside from his Roy Moore endorsement campaign disaster in Alabama, Bannon's ultimate misstep was granting Michael Wolff access to the White House which made the provocative book, Fire and Fury, possible. "Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it certainly was not off the record", said Wolff.
Reagan died in 2004, at age 93, from pneumonia complicated by the Alzheimer's disease that had progressively clouded his mind.
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"But there is nothing in the US Constitution or on the law books that says the President has to have the kind of conventional empathy, magnanimity and grace that we have come to expect of presidents in the twentieth century [Nixon excepted]".
And when Trump addressed reporters later, the Ivy League graduate was ready for the question. At times when he was president, Reagan seemed forgetful and would lose his train of thought while talking. Now, after he has already been called by those close to him a semi-literate, unqualified moron, who is quickly losing his mental faculties, what can possibly be said to move the needle?
Wolff told NBC News on Friday that White House staff treated Trump like a child. "No one questions the stability of the president", Haley said.
But he said that Trump didn't appear angry Friday or Saturday.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this past week called such suggestions "disgraceful and laughable".