White House slams Hillary Clinton for making 'false and reckless attacks' on Donald Trump to sell election memoir

David Gardner
Hillary Clinton takes questions from the audience during one of their heated TV clashes: REUTERS

The White House hit back today at Hillary Clinton, accusing the former Democratic presidential candidate of making ‘false and reckless attacks’ to try and sell her tell-all memoir explaining how she lost last year’s election to Donald Trump.

The ex-First Lady’s book ‘What Happened’ is already a best seller on Amazon just one day after it was published.

It features a series of digs at Donald Trump, with Mrs Clinton describing her election foe at one point as a ‘creep’ who made her skin crawl.

In total, the president’s name is mentioned 536 times in the 469-page book.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hinted Mr Trump was unlikely to read it.

What Happened: Hillary Clinton's memoir was published on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

‘Whether or not he's going to read Hillary Clinton's book, I'm not sure. I think he's pretty well versed on what happened,’ she said at the daily press briefing. ‘And I think it's pretty clear to all of America.

‘I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, and the last chapter of her public life is now going to be defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks,’ she added.

In her book, Mrs Clinton talks about her fears for the United States under her one-time adversary’s leadership.

Hillary Clinton greets the audience as she takes the stage to sign copies of her new book. (Getty Images North America)

‘I had known Donald Trump for years but had never imagined he'd be standing on the steps of the Capitol taking the oath of office as President of the United States,’ she writes in the first chapter. ‘He was a fixture of the New York scene when I was a Senator ... only more flamboyant and self promoting.’

Peppered throughout the book are criticisms of Mr Trump’s personality, his policies and his suitability as Commander-in-Chief. In one of her most controversial passages, she describes her vanquisher’s inauguration speech as ‘a howl from the white nationalist gut.’

‘In 1992 and 2008, change meant electing dynamic young leaders who promised hope and renewal. In 2016, it meant handing a lit match to a pyromaniac,’ she writes.

The renewed breakout in hostilities between the White House and Mrs Clinton came as the US Supreme Court granted the Trump administration a temporary victory with a ruling to continue barring most refugees from America under the president's controversial travel ban.

The justices blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have greatly expanded the number of refugees exempted from the ban by including those with a contractual commitment from resettlement organisations.

As many as 24,000 refugees could have been impacted. The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

The supreme court will debate the legality of the full travel ban on October 10.

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