Former President Donald Trump claims he has turned down two book deals as he is busy at work on a more important project.
Insiders suggest he has been irritated at how his vice president Mike Pence has signed a two-book, multimillion dollar deal.
Meanwhile Trump is pushing ahead with plans for a new social media platform and will appear via video screen on Saturday at My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s political rally.
But on Friday, he issued a statement promising the ‘book of all books’ when the time was right.
‘I turned down two book deals, from the most unlikely of publishers, in that I do not want to do such a deal right now,’ he said.
‘I’m writing like crazy anyway, however, and when the time comes, you’ll see the book of all books.
‘Actually, I’ve been working on a much more important project right now.’
Former President Trump has stepped up his public appearances and on Friday claimed he had turned down two book deals. ‘I’m writing like crazy anyway, however, and when the time comes, you’ll see the book of all books’
Trump will be the star speaker at the MAGA Frank free speech rally on Saturday. He will address supporters in Wisconsin via videolink
Presidential memoirs attract huge advances and generate reams of column inches.
After leaving office, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle reportedly struck a joint deal worth more than $65 million.
Like all former presidents, Trump would be expected to follow suit.
However, the publishing industry has become sensitive to criticism that it risks ‘normalizing’ an extraordinary, tumultuous period in American history by taking on books by conservative figures.
When publishing giant Simon & Schuster announced it was releasing former Pence’s book, staff responded with a petition demanding it stop publishing authors associated with Trump.
News of the two-book deal apparently grated on Trump.
‘As far as Trump is concerned, Pence is the number two,’ said a former adviser. ‘He shouldn’t be getting the chance to tell his story first.’
Trump faces his own problems connecting with supporters. He remains banned from Facebook and Twitter, and recently closed his ‘From the Desk of’ webpage where he posted statements.
Work continues on a new social media platform.
Lindell has become one of Trump’s most outspoken supporters and has reportedly sunk $1million of his own money into Frank, a new social media platform for conservatives
Vloggers Diamond and Silk, aka Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, are on the bill for Saturday’s MAGA Frank event, hosted by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell
On Saturday, he will directly address supporters gathered in western Wisconsin.
The MAGA Frank rally is expected to draw thousands of people to hear from a string of conservative figures and commentators, including Trump cheerleaders Diamond and Silk, and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.
Lindell has become one Trump’s most ardent public supporters and conspiracy theory devotees, pushing unfounded voter fraud claims.
During a recent appearance on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast he believed the 2020 election result would soon be reversed.
‘Donald Trump, I believe, will be back in by the end of August,’ he said.
The Saturday event is part of an effort to promote Frank, his new social media site for conservatives.
Its website describes Frank as a platform for ‘Americans who want to defend life, liberty, and all the freedoms that have marked America as the longest running Constitutional Republic in the history of the world.’
In a speech last weekend, Trump repeated his election fraud claims, railed against President Biden and once again said he had proven right on the origins of COVID-19, unlike Dr. Anthony Fauci.
‘He’s not a great doctor, but he’s a hell of a promoter,’ he told the North Carolina Republican Convention.
‘He likes television more than any politician in this room, and they like television, but he’s been wrong on almost every issue and he was wrong Wuhan and the lab also.’