Trump has given interviews for 17 different books since leaving the White House, report says

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  • Trump has given interviews for 17 different books since his presidency ended, Axios reported.

  • He has spoken to the authors for an average of 90 minutes, and gave 2 interviews to favored writers.

  • He's trying to charm them, though the books will likely vary on how flattering a picture they paint.

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Former President Donald Trump has given interviews for at least 17 books since his presidency ended, Axios reports.

He granted at least 22 interviews, with each lasting an average of 90 minutes, the report said, offering guests Diet Cokes and in some cases, the offer to have dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

His advisers think this shows that interest in Trump has "has never been higher," Axios said - but there is likely overlap in what Trump is telling the different authors.

Trump is also trying to charm each of the authors with juicy details and exclusive tidbits from his presidency, Axios reported, though it's likely not all of the books will be flattering.

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Books on Trump by journalists and former administration officials, including some for which he gave interviews to the author, have included some of the most explosive revelations about his presidency and caused public relations headaches for the White House.

Trump has given multiple interviews to his former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, conservative commentator Mollie Hemingway, and journalists Michael Wolff, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, and Michael Bender of the Wall Street Journal.

Wolff's next book "Landslide" is due to be published in July 2021 followed by Bender's book "Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump Lost" in August 2021.

Other highly-anticipated book projects by Haberman, journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of The Times, and Ryan Lizza of Politico and Olivia Nuzzi of New York Magazine, all of which Trump sat for interviews for, are due out in 2022.

It's less clear, however, whether Trump will write another book himself.

Trump boasted in a recent statement that he's "writing like crazy" on "the book of all books" and "turned down two book deals from the most unlikely publishers."

Politico reported, however, that none of the "big five" publishing houses have made offers for Trump's post-presidency memoirs - and that editors are wary of working with him because of his voluminous lies about the 2020 election and the baggage from the January 6 insurrection.

By contrast, former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama received a joint $65 million advance for their memoirs from Penguin Random House shortly after they left the White House in 2017.

In a statement to Politico, Trump still left open the possibility of working with the publishers he initially turned down while insulting publishing executives as "some of the biggest sleezebags on earth."

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