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Trump amps up attacks on Woodward

Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump :: Politics :: Lists :: Donald Trump :: Paste
Ginger Lopez | 05 September, 2018, 15:25

White House chief of staff John Kelly is denying an account in journalist Bob Woodward's new book that he called Trump an "idiot". We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. "So I have another bad book coming out".

Trump also responded to the book, calling the quotes in the book "made up by frauds, a con on the public". "I stole it off his desk", Cohn told an associate, according to Woodward.

"I never spoke to him".

Mr Dowd is quoted as telling the president: "Don't testify. Got to protect the country". According to the Post, it portrays a Trump White House that's filled with second-guessing by members of Trump's staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors.

According to witnesses, Trump called his Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally r*******" and a "dumb southerner" before mocking his accent.

Trump often mocked former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, impersonating him by puffing up his chest, and saying that he looked like a "beer salesman" in his "cheap suits". "We're not going to do any of that". Former staff secretary Rob Porter, who handled the flow of presidential papers, allegedly used similar tactics on several occasions. The very title of former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's recent book was Unhinged. Ross is eight years Trump's senior. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted that "The White House has become an adult day care center".

One of the excerpts from the book claims the president ordered Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to assassinate the Syrian leader following the 2017 Idlib chemical incident. He also compared him to a Mafia boss.




Woodward's reporting is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with people with firsthand knowledge of the events he describes and quotes he includes are backed up by documentation he reviewed.

While aides described his tweets as the "devil's workshop", Trump has insisted he was the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter.

Woodward claims that Trump once asked Mattis why the US backs South Korea militarily and financially, prompting the defense secretary to tell close associates afterward that Trump had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader. "Secretaries of defense don't always get to choose the president they work for", Mattis allegedly said in another instance. "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", Mattis said.

In his previous books, which have been rolled out with as much anticipation as this one, Woodward has typically delivered some startling revelations that not only intrigued but also changed the conversation in Washington.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn't kneel "to disrespect our flag" Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: "Don't let that happen" Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite "hit-pieces" from Trump allies MORE in a tweet Tuesday night denied allegations in reporter Bob Woodward's forthcoming book that he called Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFlake rips Trump's attack on Sessions: He's trying to use DOJ to "settle political scores Fox News" Brit Hume to Trump: Sessions's job "is not to play goalie for a president" Republican senator slams Trump's DOJ attack: United States "not some banana republic" MORE "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner".

Of course Trump has had awful things to say about Barack Obama, but it's not like he called him a "weak d**k" in the debates like he reportedly did in private.

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