Wolff to Trump: 'Where do I send the box of chocolates?'

In a previous Twitter tirade, Mr Trump dismissed the book - said to be based on more than 200 interviews - as being "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist".

The book by veteran journalist Michael Wolff that has the president's lawyers threatening legal action against him is, to put it lightly, a hot commodity.

"The first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms", Wolff writes.

"Suddenly everywhere people are going, 'Oh my God, it's true, he has no clothes'". "You mean like you make up a lot of alternative facts to try to keep your job, and protect your boss, Sarah?" one tweet wondered.

Instead, he kept his attention fixed on a president whose opposition to his book has only heightened its profile. "He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job".

Trump tweeted Friday: "The Mercer Family recently dumped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon".

However trust President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world to not take such 'malicious' contents in the book likely. First there were the Steve Bannon excerpts, revealing what the former White House chief strategist really thought about Donald Trump Jr.'s "treasonous" meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Wolff said on the "Today Show" Friday that he "absolutely" spoke to the president.

"They all say he is like a child", he said.

"It sparks interest. If their goal was to sell books, my guess is that's what the publishers wanted".

Mr Bannon was sacked by Mr Trump in August.

Justin Bethel, manager of the Politics and Prose bookstore, said its 30 copies sold out quickly. "I've had no reason to question his mental fitness".

"He has been accused of not just re-creating scenes in his books and columns, but of creating them wholesale", The Washington Post found.

It already has cost him a key backer.

Wolff went on to say that he has recordings of some of those conversations.

By any standard, Wolff's book has had an extraordinary impact for an as yet unpublished work.

But the two main issues tackled in the book, Wolff said, were that Trump won't read anything and Trump won't listen to anyone.

The Mercer family, which includes billionaire Robert Mercer, provided financial support to Trump's 2016 campaign.

His "window" into Trump is pretty significant, he told Savannah Guthrie. Colbert joked. "I agree with Steve Bannon?"

  • Gilberto Valderrama