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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Trump-Bannon book to be published early

In the book, Mr Bannon, left, is quoted as having described a meeting between Mr Trump's eldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman and a Kremlin-connected lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM
In the book, Mr Bannon, left, is quoted as having described a meeting between Mr Trump's eldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman and a Kremlin-connected lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

An explosive book containing damaging allegations about the Trump administration is to be released early after lawyers tried to block publication, according to a tweet from the author.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff was due out on Tuesday but Mr Wolff says it will now be available for purchase on Friday.

The White House has disputed the book's accuracy and Donald Trump's lawyers said the book contained numerous false statements.

Mr Trump's attorney also sent a cease-and-desist letter to former presidential chief strategist Steve Bannon, accusing him of violating a non-disclosure agreement by speaking to Mr Wolff.

In the letter, which was quoted by US media, lawyer Charles Harder wrote: "You have breached the agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr Trump, his family members" and his presidential campaign.

The letter accused Mr Bannon of "disclosing confidential information to Mr Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr Wolff about Mr Trump [and] his family members".

In the excerpts of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Mr Bannon is quoted as having described a meeting between Mr Trump's eldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman and a Kremlin-connected lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

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Mr Bannon, who left the White House in August, is also quoted as saying that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election will focus on money laundering.

It also portrays Mr Trump as being surprised at winning the presidency.

Mr Trump earlier said Mr Bannon - who was sacked in August - had "lost his mind" after losing his White House position.

On his Breitbart radio show on Wednesday, Mr Bannon said Mr Trump was a "great man" and that he supported him "day in and day out".

On Thursday a reporter asked Mr Trump if his former strategist had betrayed him. He responded: "I don't know, he called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick."