The CEO in charge of the publishing company that released the controversial new book regarding the Trump White House explained to it’s employees this Monday that the company will issue a “firm” response to the president after the White House insisted that the book not be published.
Publisher: Trump effort to stop book ‘flagrantly unconstitutional’
“The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional,” Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent proclaimed to his employees, according to a transcript published by The Associated Press.
“But a demand to cease and desist publication— a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government — is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional,” Sargent continued.
Macmillan is the parent organization of Henry Holt and Company, which infamously released “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” last week.
The book features numerous allegations against the Trump White House, and even caused a notable rift between the president and his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon.
Bannon is referenced several times in the book as being a central figure in Trump’s administration, and is quoting branding a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians in 2016 as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” He has since issued a statement further explaining his vicious remarks.
An attorney for Trump issued the publisher a cease-and-desist letter last week, demanding that the book not be released and that the author issue an apology to President Trump.
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