White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said later that day that Clinton was pushing “false narratives” in the book. Clinton admits mistakes during the campaign in the book but gives a harsh account of factors she believes led to Trump’s victory, including alleged interference by Russia on his behalf and former FBI Director James Comey announcement that investigators were looking at a new trove of emails related to Clinton.
Clinton, who has been giving a series of interviews promoting the book, responded to Trump’s earlier criticism on Twitter with a suggestion that he read her earlier book, “It Takes a Village,” a picture book for children.
A senior Democrat, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, said Trump’s retweet did not make him question Trump’s recent outreach to Democrats but was disturbing.
“It is distressing, though, to have a president that frankly will tweet and retweet things as juvenile as that,” Schiff said on ABC’s This Week programme. “It doesn’t help, I think in terms of his stature, it doesn’t help in terms of the stature of our whole country.”
The retweet drew hundreds of Trump’s critics and supporters into a Twitter row.
“You’re a child. Beneath the dignity of your office. Grow up. Be a man,” the actor James Morrison replied to Trump.