(National Sentinel) Misquote: A billionaire close confidant of President Donald J. Trump was quoted as disparaging the commander-in-chief in a new book by author Michael Wolff, but has told The New York Times he never said it.

Wolff, in his upcoming, highly anticipated book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” said Thomas Barrack Jr. had some hard words for the president, as reported by The Guardian on Wednesday.

“Trump is not spared,” the news site reported. “Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: ‘He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.'”

But the Times’ Maggie Habberman reported that Barrack told her the quote is “totally false.”

“Barrack said he spoke to Wolffe once, says he never said the quote attributed to him to Wolffe or anyone. ‘Totally false,’ Barrack said by phone just now. Tom Barrack adds, ‘It’s clear to anyone who knows me that those aren’t my words and inconsistent with anything I’ve ever said.’ He says Wolffe never ran that quote by him to ask if it was accurate,” tweeted Haberman.

Barrack and Trump are reportedly very loyal friends, having a relationship that dates back decades in the real estate business.

Indeed, the billionaire real estate mogul spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and became a member of Trump’s inauguration committee.

Barrack reportedly turned down a high-level position in the Trump administration, telling the President he could help him from outside Washington with “no skin in the game.”

Upon publication of this story, Wolff had not yet responded to Barrack’s statements.

In October, the Washington Post reported that Barrack has “remained unfailingly loyal” to Trump, and sees him as a “shrewd politician.”

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