Ex-Trump staffer’s book describes 'Team of Vipers’

A forthcoming book from a former White House aide will depict President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's staff as an often-combative "team of vipers," The New York Times reported Monday.

Cliff Sims, who worked on the Trump campaign before spending time on the White House communications staff, is releasing a new book entitled "Team of Vipers," which is being touted as an inside look at the presidency. It is due out in January.

"Lincoln famously had his Team of Rivals. Trump had his Team of Vipers. We served. We fought. We brought our egos. We brought our personal agendas and vendettas. We were ruthless. And some of us, I assume, were good people," Sims wrote in an author's note obtained by the Times.


The news outlet reported that Sims kept hundreds of pages of notes from his time in the White House, and was a part of a number of meetings that went beyond his typical duties. Sims reportedly received a seven-figure advance for the book.

Politico first reported on the upcoming release of the book.

Sims will become the latest ex-White House staffer to turn their time in the Trump administration into a book. Former aides Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerConservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe 'Queer Eye' star blasts 'Dancing with the Stars' for including Sean Spicer Trump says Spicer will 'do great' on 'Dancing with the Stars' MORE and Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanScaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern Press: The new Southern Strategy Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE both penned memoirs focused on their time in the White House. Spicer's was more flattering of the president, while Manigault Newman accused Trump of being a racist and misogynist in her book.

Other books, including Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" and Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" have painted the White House as a chaotic environment rife with infighting.