Trump lawyers try to stop publication of Michael Wolff book -- and demand apology to president
Donald Trump removes his hat to show that his hair is real during a political rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama (AFP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

President Donald Trump is trying to stop the publication of an explosive new book that reveals staffers in his chaotic administration don't believe he's fit to carry out his White House duties.

The president's attorneys have sent a cease-and-desist letter Thursday morning to author Michael Wolff and publisher Henry Holt, reported the Washington Post's Carol Leonnig.

The letter demands they stop publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and issue an apology to the president for "defamatory statements made thus far."

Trump's attorneys also issued a cease-and-desist letter to Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who served as a major source for Wolff's book.

The president's attorneys warned legal action against Bannon was "imminent" for alleged "defamation by libel and slander," and for allegedly violating his nondisclosure agreement.