Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah continued the administration's pushback on Monday against a book that has raised questions about President Trump's private behavior and poisoned the president's relationship with a former top aide.
"This book has little-to-no credibility. It's a total fabrication," Shah said during an interview on Fox News.
Shah, who last week said the book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, would be used to prop open doors in the West Wing, said the administration has "had so many tremendous successes, with [Trump] leading this spectacular team, and we really think this book is just tabloid trash and really doesn't represent anything that's going on in the White House."
Michael Wolff's sensational book rocked the White House when it hit shelves on Friday and quickly became a best-seller. Although a number of journalists have highlighted factual inaccuracies or misrepresentations in the book, critics have seized on Wolff's characterization of Trump's mental state as evidence that the president is potentially unfit for office.
The White House has blamed Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, for granting Wolff the access he needed to write Fire and Fury, and Bannon's comments to the author about members of the Trump family severely damaged his relationship with the president he once served.
Trump argued Bannon had "lost his mind" when he left the administration last year and returned to the helm of Breitbart News. Several White House aides and allies, including top policy adviser Stephen Miller, blanketed cable news in the days since the book's release to disavow Bannon and cast doubt on the credibility of Wolff and his work.