Trump Co-Author Says ‘Art of the Deal’ Is Full of Falsehoods

  • Tony Schwartz says on ABC that he regrets writing the book
  • Presidential candidate disputes claim in New Yorker interview

The co-author of Donald Trump’s most successful book, “The Art of the Deal,” said the book is “full of falsehoods” and his experience writing it shows why the Republican presumptive nominee for president would be a dangerous head of state.

“I suspect there were quite a number of things that were false,” Tony Schwartz, who said he wrote the entire book, said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Right in the middle of writing this book he was telling me these great stories about his three casinos and how successful they were. While at the very same time, all three of them were going bankrupt.”

Trump has called “The Art of the Deal,” first published in 1987, the best-selling business book of all time. Trump has repeatedly said he wrote the book in campaign appearances, debates and interviews. "We need a leader that wrote ’The Art of the Deal,’" Trump said in his June 2015 presidential announcement speech.

Schwartz, in an interview in the July 25 issue of the New Yorker, said that he has remained quiet for nearly three decades because he never thought Trump would run for president -- let alone possibly win.

‘I Wrote the Book’

Trump pushed back on the notion that he hadn’t written the book, telling the New Yorker that Schwartz was "the co-author.”

“He didn’t write the book,” Trump said. “I wrote the book."

Schwartz disputed that Monday. "I wrote every word of it,” he told ABC. “Donald Trump made a few red marks when I handed him the manuscript. But that was it.”

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland during which Trump is expected to formally become the party’s presidential nominee.

Schwartz also said in both interviews that he doesn’t believe Trump has the character or the attention span to occupy the Oval Office.

“If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time,” Schwartz told the New Yorker, adding that what he contended was Trump’s short attention span had left him with "a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance."

“I do regret writing the book,” Schwartz told ABC.

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