President Trump orders 'cease and desist' on tell-all book

Steve Bannon was Donald Trump's chief strategist- Jared Kushner is his son-in-law

"Why did you feel the need to tweet about that this morning?" he was asked.

Trump added in response to a reporter's question that he doesn't know Wolff but he felt "heartened" because some in the media questioned the veracity of his insider-account of the early days in the Trump administration.

"Only because I went to the best colleges, or college".

His ire was directed at author Michael Wolff, whose book draws a derogatory portrait of the 45th president as an undisciplined man-child who did not actually want to win the White House and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends.

As the president defended his tweets, which Twitter had already mocked in excess, #StableGenius trended to the top spot on Trump's favorite form of social media. "Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it certainly was not off the record", said Wolff.

He said the group, 10 of whom were on stage with him, the only woman being Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, discussed a variety of topics, from national security and infrastructure to the military and the budget.

US President Donald Trump congratulates Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House
Image Mr Trump and Mr Bannon were very close during the campaign and presidency

In the letter to Mr Wolff, Charles Harder, a famous USA defamation and media lawyer, said Mr Bannon's contributions "give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients".

Trump pointed to some of Wolff's "past books", including his work on Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, which he claimed contained a lot of false information.

Trump repeatedly tweeted his contempt for the book, and on Saturday, he addressed the new best-seller during a press conference at Camp David.

The tweet, which many people took seriously, said Mr Trump complained the TV in his White House bedroom was broken because it didn't have "the gorilla channel", with gorilla-based content 24 hours a day.

He added: "I look at the past year and what (Trump) inherited: a crisis in Afghanistan, North Korea, the Middle East at war, an European Union pulling itself apart and the United States wondering what we do about this".

On the topic of North Korea, he said he would "absolutely" engage in phone conversations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said "it's something certainly that I'd like to see happen". "If I weren't involved they wouldn't be talking at all right now", Mr Trump said, but made clear his stance.

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