In a statement last Friday, Trump said he had received two offers “from the most unlikely of publishers” but turned them down because he did “not want to do such a deal right now.” Trump didn’t reveal who the two publishers were. But in a statement on Monday afternoon to POLITICO, he insisted that “two of the biggest and most prestigious publishing houses have made very substantial offers which I have rejected.”
POLITICO reached out to top publishers and editors at the “Big Five” publishing houses — Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, and Simon & Schuster — to see if they had heard anything about any such deals Trump had been offered. None of the sources said they had heard about such potential book offers, and most said they wouldn’t touch a Trump project when he does start shopping a book around.
Read the full article. Publishers are citing a “fact-checking nightmare” and the likely exodus of top staff if they inked any deal with Trump.
Sources at Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, and Simon & Schuster said they hadn’t heard about potential Trump book offers. Most said they wouldn’t touch a Trump project. https://t.co/97039x6mTX via @dlippman @meridithmcgraw @politico
— Quint Forgey (@QuintForgey) June 15, 2021