Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

Earlier this year, he called an NBC News story that Pentagon leadership had gone into "damage control mode" hours after Trump left the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit "fiction".

She claimed in a statement: "While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, president Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people".

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.

The Washington Post was the first to share an excerpt from the book.

In one account, the Watergate sleuth, citing multiple sources, contends Kelly once told colleagues the president is "unhinged". It's pointless to try and convince him of anything.

The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails".

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", Trump wrote. "I don't even know why any of us are here". This is the worst job I've ever had, ' he supposedly said during one meeting.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recently been targeted by Trump on Twitter for his recusal in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election, was also alleged to have been criticised regularly by Trump.

The book says Mr Mattis acknowledged Mr Trump's request but then, after the conversation, told an aide he would not do "any of that". "He's this dumb Southerner", he said of the former GOP senator.

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"Let's fucking kill him!"

"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked.

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.

Dowd told Trump later that month: "Don't testify". Trump responded, according to Woodward, "Oh, okay".

Woodward's book, which is set to release next week on September 11th, paints a devastating portrait of President Trump and his White House.

"We have begun BUILDING THE WALL".

Trump's comments Tuesday followed a pair of statements the White House released generally panning the book.

The president also, perhaps without realizing it, revealed a telling aspect of how his West Wing works.

"I never got a call. Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called", the president told the conservative news outlet. I would've spoken to you. "For some reason I didn't get messages on it".

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