If White House staffers pick up copies of Michael Wolff's tell-all book on President Trump, they won't be doing so for leisurely reading.
The dramatic new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, hit store shelves Friday morning, nearly a week before it was originally scheduled for release, and has already captured the attention of Washington after causing a headache for the president.
Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah admitted on Friday that he and his colleagues may stop by the nearest bookstore to snag a copy, but not because they're eager to binge-read it.
"I think we're going to be picking up a few copies," Shah told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview Friday morning. "You know, we need books to be ... door openers and holders and things like that."
Shah joins a host of White House officials who have characterized the book as "tabloid trash" and disputed several accounts related to Trump's behavior, mental fitness, and staffing decisions. The president himself called the book "phony" on Friday and has slammed his former chief strategist Steve Bannon for granting Wolff access to the West Wing.
"I think a lot of folks who are quoted in the book have already come out and spoken out and said they either didn't say those things or they never even communicated with Mr. Wolff," Shah said. "So there's a lot of stuff in there that's highly suspect."
"This book is really not worth the paper that it's going to be printed on," he added.