Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump has a history of praising Bob Woodward’s reporting on Obama

Democrats have long expressed disdain for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions but some now see him as a bulwark against attacks on the Justice Department Bob Woodward Has a New Book and Donald Trump Is Not Going to Like It
Ginger Lopez | 07 September, 2018, 08:20

The White House's reaction to the NYT piece echoed the administration's response to Woodward's book, which also paints the United States leader as an impulsive decision-maker, who is called an "idiot" and a "liar" even by those closest to him.

This too, fits with what ABC reports that an early exceprt of Bob Woodward's book said some of these officials told the journalist, saying he has the understanding of a fifth- or sixth-grader, calling him an idiot, and describing efforts to explain to him why his impulses could cause a war.

An unidentified senior aide has harshly criticised Donald Trump in an op-ed published by the New York Times.

Trump on Wednesday repeatedly referred to the book as "fiction".

Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday. "It's like there's a sign that says 'In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, ' but these guys were like, 'I mean, we could break the glass, but then there'd be glass everywhere.'" And if the point of the op-ed was to assure America, Noah wasn't convinced: "Before this, I knew there was turbulence".

"Nobody's going to come even close to beating me in 2020, because of what we've done", Trump said.

The Washington Post reported journalist Bob Woodward's book contains an account of an "expletive-laden altercation" that was part of the Trump White House's stormy atmosphere.

Much of this is public knowledge - Trump's repetitive rants, impulsiveness, and poor judgment are on display every day.

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the USA economy and national security.




The column appeared as the White House already was fighting leaked details from the forthcoming Woodward book, Fear, that describes a dysfunctional White House in which the president is not respected by his staff - and in which aides sometimes take clandestine action to keep the president from acting in ways that hurt the country.

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
"This is the worst job I've ever had".

Moments later, Trump bashed the New York Times in off-the-cuff comments delivered at the White House in which he called the essay "anonymous, meaning gutless".

Mr Kelly is also quoted in the book by the reporter who helped break the original Watergate scandal as lamenting: "We're in Crazytown".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders branded the piece "pathetic, reckless, and selfish" and condemned the Times for publishing it.

For example, according to the reports, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from formally withdrawing from the USA trade deal with South Korea.

This op-ed thus supports the narrative pushed by Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, and Bob Woodward, author of the forthcoming Fear, that have made similar claims about Trump aides undermining him while believing that he is incompetent and unsafe.

Mueller has asked the White House for access to Trump, and administration officials have negotiated for months over how that might happen.

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