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Well, well, well, turns out even Michael Wolff, author of the "Fire and Fury" book that has sparked such national discussion about the Donald Trump White House, admits that not everything he wrote is true.

Identifying "mental stability" and being "really smart" as his two greatest assets, Trump in a series of tweets said that winning the presidential election on his first attempt qualifies him as a "genius".

Questions have arose regarding the truthfulness in Wolff's past pieces of work from both his subjects and those who have read his books.

Earlier Friday, Trump heaped praise on a major Republican donor family from distancing themselves from Bannon.

But in a Friday interview with NBC's "Today" show, Wolff insisted that he absolutely spoke to the president. "It's in his imagination", Mr Trump told reporters. This book by Michael Wolff, obviously a guy that was probably just looking for some publicity anyway, is going to be the start of Donald Trump's downfall for this year.

Trump took issue with numerous embarrassing details printed in the book, including one excerpt in which Wolff wrote of Trump's staff, "My indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all - 100 percent - came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job".

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 28, 2017.

Lawyers for Trump had called on the book's publisher, Henry Holt & Co, to halt the book's release, originally scheduled for Tuesday. He also says he never spoke with the book's author.

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Mr Bannon also portrayed the Republican as out of his depth, with the instincts of a child, and said the President's team White House possessed no "brain trust".

Some of Mr. Bannon's preferred candidates, like former Rep. Michael Grimm of NY, denounced Mr. Bannon after his comments became public.

But Trump said Wolff "was never in the Oval Office" and "we didn't have an interview". "He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job".

The US President's lawyers tried to prevent the book's publication, warning that legal action was "imminent".

"Regardless of whether or not there's a lawsuit, they should be concerned about peddling fake stories", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

The tell-all diary outlines, among other things, Trump's sour relationship with ex-aide Steve Bannon.

Wolff spent some three hours in total speaking to the NY real estate tycoon during the presidential campaign and transition, and in the White House, "so my window into Donald Trump is pretty significant", he said.

In his statement, Trump distanced himself from Bannon, saying he "has nothing to do with me or my presidency" and adding, "Steve had very little to do with our historic victory".

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