Donald Trump campaign press secretary Hope Hicks was against the upcoming biography written by “banned” reporters on the GOP nominee until Trump himself intervened, according to the Washington Post.
The paper said Hicks initially bashed “Trump Reveled,” as “incredibly disingenuous” and “icily” said Trump would not participate in the project by Washington Post writers Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish, who happened to be among a group of reporters publicly banned by Trump.
However, Hicks called back a few days later and said, “I told Mr. Trump about your project and he loves it,” according to the Post.
Trump then met with Fisher and Kranish, offering 20 hours plus of access over a four-month period, while the Post was supposed to be banned by the Trump campaign, according to the paper. The Post said Trump was willing to discuss everything from his childhood and real estate career to his political evolution. He even shared details of his “romances, family history, friendships and other influences,” it reported.
Fisher and Kranish called the interviews “fascinating but frequently frustrating.” They claim Trump often gave “disjointed answers” to uncomfortable questions.
BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post and Politico join the Washington Post on the Trump campaign’s blacklist, according to CNN. Banned reporters can attend Trump events as public citizens, but cannot attend private events such as press conferences.
But apparently, they are allowed to spend time with the GOP nominee and eventually write an entire book.
“Trump Revealed” will be published by Scribner on Aug. 23.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.