Donald Trump's former adviser discusses ongoing popularity
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Sources close to the former US President have indicated he will meet with reporters planning to release books covering his four years in office. Some of the interviews will be with authors who penned books critical of Mr Trump’s presidency, with some suggesting he is attempting to keep himself in the public eye.
Mr Trump’s planned interviews would see him sit down with reporters such as Michael Wolff, who wrote the highly critical ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’
Two sources familiar with the plans say Mr Trump’s Senior Advisor Jason Miller and Trump spokesperson Margo Martin are expected to monitor the individual interviews.
Mr Miller added: “We are not discussing particulars of any individual book interviews that President Trump is giving but it’s safe to say that he remains the hottest name in politics and he’s the interview that everyone wants.
“We’re tracking nearly three dozen post-presidency books where he will be the star.”
Politico shared reports of Mr Trump’s planned flurry of interviews with journalists.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, former senior White House official said the former President doesn’t believe in “no comment”.
She told Politico: “He feels like there will always be one side of the audience who sympathises with him.
“So it’s not surprising to me that every one of these book interviews he’s going to sit through and think he has the power to manipulate the authors and try to influence them.”
One former aide said: “It’s important for him to control his own narrative and utilise these mediums to share his thoughts and correct the record.”
Allies close to the former President warned he could end up backing out of some of the interviews, according to Politico.
They also are concerned the mass coverage could harm the profitability of his own book on his time in office, should he write one.
The Washington post reported last year Mr Trump explored writing a “score-settling memoir” after he left office.
Dana Canedy, publisher and senior vice-president of publishing house Simon & Schuster, told The New York Times that she would “take a meeting on the book” if Mr Trump offered one.
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