White House Responds to Woodward Book

Tanya Cunningham
September 5, 2018

He points out that Trump, in a profane matter, called condemning the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, one of his biggest mistakes. Throughout the book, he described settings and events with exhaustively reported detail, incorporating what he said in a note in the book were "hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants".

If his book is any indication, Woodward probably thinks Mr Trump will need all the luck he can get. The Republican president questioned whether Woodward, a Washington Post journalist credited with helping drive President Richard Nixon from power in 1974, is an operative for the opposition Democratic party.

James Mattis, the USA defence secretary, is said to have been exasperated after trying to explain the importance of America's military presence in the Korean Peninsula, which allows a North Korean missile launch to be detected in seven seconds.

He sent out a series of tweets carrying his own views, along with statements from Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, chief of staff John Kelly and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

But even the president's deputy press secretary wouldn't have been able to make that interview happen, because Trump says he never talks to the man.

"I don't even know why any of us are here", Woodward quotes Kelly as saying.

On Tuesday, Kelly denied in a statement that he had ever called Trump an "idiot".

Among his other revelations: former top economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk that the president planned to sign that would withdraw the United States from a trade agreement with South Korea.

Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

Dowd reportedly told the president: "Don't testify".

But he said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place. Not only that but it seems like they are so frustrated with him that they're calling Trump names! The national security team then set about developing options for a conventional air strike. "This is the worst job I've ever had".

But after publication of the book Trump challenged Woodward's integrity. "Fear" is slated for a September 11 release. "Your honor, my client could easily take the stand and say he never killed anyone, but if we let him in here, he will kill everyone". I never got a message.

The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

The White House pushed back hard Tuesday against the extremely unflattering portrayal of President Trump in legendary journalist Bob Woodward's scathing new book about the Trump administration.

The book is being released after former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing.

Woodward warned the president that it was a "tough" book.

A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

Later, Trump himself joined in with a Twitter post that called the anecdotes circulating from the Woodward book "frauds, a con on the public".

No clear response strategy emerged immediately after the Post report, but insiders speculated the fallout could be worse than from Fire and Fury, given Mr Woodward's storied reputation.

Former George W Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer defended Woodward's methodology. "So I have another bad book coming out". "There were quotes in it I didn't like".

Of course, Kelly and Mattis and other staffers now deny uttering any derogatory opinions of their boss, but we need to stack that up against Woodward's stellar journalistic reputation. "It's a lot of anonymous sources". But Woodward always plays is [sic] straight.

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