In speculating about the fallout post publication of that book, I suggested that if somebody has already read the book, the Spokesman could say something like,
let’s see — “We know this books is coming out. We do not agree with Mr.
Van Buren’s views but his views are his own. We have nothing further to
say about this issue.”
NPR reported that Fresh Air contacted a spokesman for the State Department, who
declined to respond to Van Buren’s book except to say that the author’s
views are his own, and not necessarily those of the State Department.