Unhappy with his portrayal in Michael Wolff’s bestselling book Fire and Fury, Donald Trump has reportedly discussed the co-operating with a more flattering account of life inside the White House with Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News personality.
The former New York judge and prosecutor, who currently serves as host of Justice with Judge Jeanine, met with Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss the book project, according to the New York Times.
Pirro, 66, is a longtime friend of the president’s and one of his most ardent defenders. She is understood to already be working on a book provisionally titled Liars, Leakers and Liberals due out in the summer from publisher Hachette.
On Saturday, Pirro put out a statement through Fox to deny that her book would be a “direct response to ‘Fire and Fury”. She added that the title “has been and continues to be Liars, Leakers and Liberals and I plan to cover all of them”.
However, according to the New York Times, Pirro has described the book to people both in and outside the White House as an opportunity to paint a counter-narrative to Wolff.
On its website, the publisher describes Pirro’s book as: “Judge Jeanine’s no-holds-barred answer to fake news.”
In addition to an interview with Ivanka Trump, it promises a robust attack on Trump’s portrayal in the news media, which “has twisted his words to fit the narrative they’ve created”.
Pirro has made no secret where her loyalties lie. Last week, she tweeted a selfie outside the White House and she has issued denunciations of attorney general Jeff Sessions and the special counsel Robert Mueller.
Last year, according to the Times, she heavily criticized former FBI director James Comey during a meeting with Trump.
All of which is likely music to the ears of the president. Trump is well known to have detested Wolff’s account of a shambolic administration prone to mishaps and infighting, and led by a president known for eating McDonald’s cheeseburgers in bed and taking off long periods of “executive time”.
But Pirro’s account, whatever form it takes, will find itself in a crowded marketplace of pro-Trump literature. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is releasing The Briefing; Newt Gingrich is coming out with Understanding Trump, which includes a foreword by son Eric Trump.
A less flattering portrayal is likely to come from Comey. His memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, is due for publication in April.
This article was written by Edward Helmore in New York, for theguardian.com on Sunday 11th February 2018 14.33 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010