US Vice President Mike Pence has called an explosive book written about the administration of President Donald Trump, which has raised questions about the White House for the past week, a “work of Washington fiction.”
“I haven’t read it, don’t intend to read it,” Pence told conservative commentator Dana Loesch in an interview on Monday. “What I’ve heard about in the book bears no resemblance to the president that I serve with every day. None. It just strikes me that it’s another work of Washington fiction.”
Michael Wolff’s book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" went on sale on Friday. The book painted a chaotic and dysfunctional picture of Trump’s election campaign and early months of his presidency. Its release last week has caused a storm of controversy and has left Trump facing questions about his mental stability, with quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Trump also branded the new book as “a work of fiction” slamming the “very weak” libel laws in the United States.
He also launched a defense of his fitness for office in a series of tweets, suggesting that his opponents had often raised doubts about his mental state to discredit his presidency.
"....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star" Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“I have never been around anyone in my life with his energy, with his focus, with his capacity to multi-task. I think that this building has not seen his likes since that one,” Pence said, gesturing at a painting of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Trump claimed that the author Michael Wolff did not know him at all and did not interview him at the White House. However, the president acknowledged that the author interviewed him once "a long time ago" for a magazine story.