President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to express his dismay with a blockbuster new book that portrays a commander-in-chief who is mentally unstable.
"I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author."
The White House has pushed back on Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" throughout the week as excerpts continue to trickle out depicting behind-the-scenes details of the president and his staff. Some journalists have also pushed backed on Wolff, saying his past —— along with factual errors in the book — require a very skeptical reading on his reporting and analysis.
Stephen Miller, the president's senior policy adviser, sparked a heated exchange with CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday, as Miller repeatedly torched the book.
"The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction. ... The author is a garbage author of a garbage book," Miller said on CNN's "State of the Union."
The president has sought to isolate himself from questions about his mental state by comparing the attacks to questions raised about then-President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.
Years later, Reagan died of complications related to Alzheimer's disease and there are questions as to whether Reagan's performance was impacted by early symptoms of the disease, which was not publicly diagnosed until the 1990s. Four of the 40th president's doctors disputed such claims in 1997.