- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2018

Sebastian Gorka said Monday that he was instructed to speak with author Michael Wolff for his book about the Trump administration, but he declined.

The former deputy assistant explains in an op-ed for The Hill that he didn’t trust any journalist he didn’t already know, or who was from an organization President Trump deemed “Fake News.”

“So, when I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ ” Mr. Gorka wrote in The Hill.

Current White House aides have also said they did not cooperate with the writing of the book, but Mr. Gorka’s description seems to indicate some level of compliance since he says staffers were instructed to meet with Mr. Wolff.

Mr. Gorka says the overall book, which has been questioned on both accuracy and journalistic ethics, shows a hypocrisy in the press.

“For Wolff and all the Trump haters who buy his book and endorse what is, in practice, a smear campaign, the philosophy is crystal clear: Facts don’t matter. It’s the narrative that is king,” he wrote.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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