Former President Donald Trump took an opportunity on Monday to slam a report that said he told Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel during the last days of his presidency that he was going to leave the party and start one of his own.
Jonathan Karl, a reporter who works for ABC News, stated in his new Book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” that Trump told McDaniel these plans at some point during the final days of his administration.
“It’s a totally made up and fabricated story, it’s Fake News. Jonathan Karl is a third-rate reporter working for ABC Non-News,” Trump proclaimed in a statement tweeted by his spokeswoman Liz Harrington.
“ABC Non-News and 3rd rate reporter Jonathan Karl have been writing Fake News about me from the beginning of my political career. Just look at what has now been revealed about the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax. It was a made up and totally fabricated scam and…” Trump went on to say, before concluding:
“The lamestream media knew it. It just never ends!”
In his book, due out Nov. 16, Karl claims Trump only backed down after Republican leaders threatened to take actions that would have cost the former president millions of dollars.
Trump granted interviews to various authors writing books on him and his presidency. He said in July that doing so was “a total waste of time.”
“It seems to me that meeting with authors of the ridiculous number of books being written about my very successful Administration, or me, is a total waste of time,” Trump explained. “These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality.”
Axios said back in June of this year that Trump had granted at least 22 interviews for 17 different books since leaving the White House, with the vast majority of these talks being on the record and approved for use when the books are published.
According to Axios, the former president personally decided who he would chat with, though investigative journalist Bob Woodward and The Washington Post’s Robert Costa both being denied.
“Among the items in ‘Peril,’ written by Woodward and Costa, was the claim that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley wasn’t ‘going rogue’ with his calls to his Chinese counterpart before and after the November 2020 election,” the report said.