While Trump sets his sights on a possible return to Washington from his posh Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, his former Vice President — and perhaps former friend — is basking in the news of his recent book deal that an anonymous source tells CNN is worth roughly $4 million.
Despite the revelation, Trump insists that he is "writing like crazy" right now, and claimed to have turned down more than one book deal in the recent past.
According to a statement from the former President on Friday, "I turned down two book deals, from the most unlikely of publishers, in that I do not want to do such a deal right now."
"I'm writing like crazy anyway, however, and when the time comes, you'll see the book of all books. Actually, I've been working on a much more important project right now!"
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman writes that one reason for the confusing and highly contradictory statements from Trump is that he is reportedly jealous of his former vice-president's lucrative book deal. "Pence's book deal is said to have been grating on him," the Times correspondent wrote on social media on Friday.
Trump's 48 week run on top of the Times best selling list for his book The Art Of The Deal may have gone to his head. In the book, Trump professed himself to be a highly successful businessman despite his past of filing for numerous bankruptcies and failing to properly compensate employees, and trash-talking his former partners.
The Art Of The Deal ghost-writer Tony Schwartz, has said of the former president, "I put lipstick on a pig," he said, "I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is."
He continued, "I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."
While America and the world holds its breath as to whether or not the United States will see Trump in the White House for a second time, the controversial figure spends his days strolling the grounds of Mar-a-Lago, taking adoring fan selfies with guests, handing out wads of cash, and even crashing engagement parties and memorial services.