A friend of President Donald Trump has stated that it is accurate to describe the former businessman and reality TV star as an "accidental" president.
Chris Ruddy, who heads the right-wing Newsmax media outlet, was asked during a CNN interview whether accidental was an appropriate term to describe Trump's 2016 election victory, The Hill reports.
"I think that's a fair word," said Ruddy. "I think he wasn't intending it ... It was a series of accidental circumstances that led to it."
However, Ruddy rejected the suggestion, made in a book published by Michael Wolff, that Trump was unfit for office.
"But I also think at the same time, it's not a guy that was completely unprepared for the job," Ruddy added. "I think he does have certain requisites."
Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," portrays Trump as unprepared for office and alleges sharp divisions between his advisers during Trump's first six months in office.
Wolff describes Trump as being "horrified" when he learned he won the election, and alleges his advisers were sure he would lose.
Personal attorneys for Trump have sought to block publication of the book, arguing that it contains false allegations.
Charles Harder, Trump's attorney, wrote in a cease and desist letter to the publisher, Henry Holt & Co. that the "publication of the false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference and contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract," Variety reports.
Henry Holt has defended its decision to publish the book, and Wolff stated on Twitter Jan. 4 that its publication will be moved forward by three days to Jan. 5.
"Henry Holt confirms that we received a cease and desist letter from an attorney for President Trump," spokeswoman Patricia Eisemann declared in a statement. "We see 'Fire and Fury' as an extraordinary contribution to our national discourse, and are proceeding with the publication of the book."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took a different view of the book on Jan. 4, saying "there are numerous examples of falsehoods that take place in the book."
She gave one example, describing it as "pretty ridiculous" that the book alleged Trump did not know who John Boehner was. Sanders pointed out that media representatives have tweeted about how Trump and Boehner have played golf together.
Sources: The Hill, Variety / Featured Image: Andrea Hanks via Executive Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia Commons