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Former Trump adviser labels ‘Fire and Fury’ author Wolff an ‘oily creep’

FILE - In this April 12, 2017, file photo, Michael Wolff of The Hollywood Reporter speaks at the Newseum in Washington. Wolff used to worry about the spotlight moving on. No longer. The author of an explosive book on President Donald Trump's administration is the target of a cease and desist letter from Trump's lawyers. And he's the focus of a campaign by the president's allies to cast doubt on the book's claim that Trump is a reluctant and troubled president. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

LISTEN: Sebastian Gorka, Former Deputy Assistant to the President

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s former deputy assistant labeled Michael Wolff, the author of the controversial “Fire and Fury” book, as “an oily creep.”

“I met Michael Wolff in the White House,” Sebastian Gorka told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.

“Within a manner of seconds, I realized this guy is just an oily creep who wants to write some kind of sensational garbage and I refused to give him an interview.”

Gorka said the book was an attempt by Wolff to put himself in the spotlight.

“The guy wants to sell books,” he said. “This guy was irrelevant. Who heard of Michael Wolff before this book? Nobody.”

In the book, Wolff quoted Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who called a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

Trump lashed out after Bannon’s quotes were made public.

Gorka said the president should not be blamed for defending his family.

“Every red-blooded American male would have done what the president did: ‘You attack my children, I’m going to take you out’ and that’s what he did.”

The release of Wolff’s book was met with opposition by the White House, though he was given access to the White House while writing it.

Trump’s administration has dismissed the book as a work of fiction, and a Trump lawyer last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to the publisher, demanding that “Fire and Fury” be withheld.

However, Gorka said the book will end up being good for Trump after Wolff’s claims are proved wrong. He called the book an act of political assassination meant to appeal to the president’s detractors.

“I think the only people that are going to buy this book are people who hate the president, so it’s really irrelevant,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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