Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Woodward: Kelly, Mattis denials of his book quotes untrue

Woodward: Kelly, Mattis denials of his book quotes untrue

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Under Armour's Kevin Plank, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka all announced their departure from Trump's business advisory councils following the controversial comments.

Earlier, Trump said he would pen his own book with the real story of his accomplishments.

"Most significant, however, were the private reactions from House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. The snakes are everywhere but we're getting rid of them, '" a person close to Trump told Axios.

According to a review of an advance copy obtained by Business Insider, the Woodward book includes some surprising details about President Trump's preferred tax and monetary policy.

When asked about Bob Woodward's controversial new book, Sanders accused him of failing to corroborate much of the allegations that were made.

Among Trump's anti-Fear tweets today, the president quoted a Washington Examiner writer who cautioned, "You can not take this book too seriously".

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The denials from the Pentagon followed Woodward's appearance on NBC's Today Show Monday in which he said that Mattis, a retired Marine general, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, were "not telling the truth" in rejecting how they were quoted in the book.

The White House on Monday defended President Trump's controversial call for the Justice Department to investigate the author of an anonymous Op-Ed in the New York Times, but could not say which, if any, laws might have been violated.

"People talk about the loyalists leaving", the person close to Trump said.

In a series of Tweets Monday, the president continued to lash out at Woodward personally and his book's portrayal of Trump as a foul-mouthed and bumbling egotist. "Family members of the 28,000 people there.'" Trump never sent the tweet, because the US got a back-channel message from North Korea saying Kim would see such a pullout as proof the USA was about to attack, Woodward explained.

In his interview with NPR, Woodward also addresses the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times shortly after the first excerpts of his book were circulating.

The source, while citing demeaning views of Trump from other unnamed senior officials, declined to say how many officials had actually taken this vow of resistance, or when and how they had taken this vow. "These people, these are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable". Dems can't stand losing.

Woodward's book is based on "deep background" interviews, which he defines in his book as interviews where "all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it". He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

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