is reportedly in the process of planning a tell-all memoir that would be released following his time as president.
The Daily Beast reported Friday that sources close to the president say that Trump expects the planned book, which would likely be ghost-written on his behalf, to sell better than his previous bestselling book “The Art of the Deal.”
“He sounded excited about it,” said one person who told The Daily Beast they were present for conversations about the book. “He said it would sell better than even The Art of the Deal.”
When contacted, a White House official told The Daily Beast that the president has “joked” about writing a memoir and pointed to a press conference in 2018 during which Trump appeared to tell a reporter that he would save anecdotes about his knowledge of lawmakers facing sexual harassment allegations for an upcoming book.
“I think I’ll save it for a book like everybody else and I’ll write it,” the president said at the time, according to the news outlet. “I’m not giving it to you.”
Sources close to the president told The Daily Beast that Trump has been privately discussing the potential project since mid 2017, just months after he took office.
A number of former White House officials who served in the Trump administration have detailed parts of their time in the administration and the Trump campaign in previous books billed as tell-all memoirs, with some including former White House press secretary doing so with the White House’s blesssing and others like , who faced resistance over her plans to publish a memoir.
A memoir released last fall by former first lady quickly became the year’s fastest-selling book at Barnes & Noble, a major retailer.