Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

14 September, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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In the book, Woodward cited an alleged phone conversation between Trump and Mattis in which Trump went into an expletive-laden rant against Assad and told Mattis to have him killed.

Case in point, one excerpt reveals the newly appointed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn's "I've had a huge mistake" moment in his first meeting with then president-elect Trump.

Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader", but they've said they didn't make those statements.

Christie denies these claims and called Woodward a "stenographer" for former Trump official Steve Bannon. The veteran reporter has stood by his work.

"And what you want to do is say, do you have any documents or notes. and they say no, no, no". "It's unfair. Now everybody's saying I'm going to be impeached".

"These are political statements to protect their jobs", he said. "Much better than before I took office". "I think it's probably six to a dozen people". "I just said I'd like to record this, Mr. President, when he called, and he said, 'Okay, ' so I turned on the tape recorder".

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"He just absolutely is convinced that somehow if people buy, say, high-speed electronic equipment from overseas, from Asia or Europe or Canada, that somehow that money is gone". Going one step further, Pence said he was "100 percent confident" that no one on his staff was involved and volunteered to take a polygraph "in a heartbeat". Because the hallmark of Trump's behavior in this book is, from day to day, he may not remember what his idea was yesterday. He refused to send any additional aid. As a result, Cohn kept the president from jeopardizing a top-secret intelligence operation that would allow the U.S.to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from North Korea. Woodward goes on "The Daily Briefing" to talk about his new book 'Fear'.

Cillizza: Situate the Woodward book in the broader spectrum of Trump books we have seen published since he became a candidate. Woodward said when asked about situations involving former Trump lawyer John Dowd.

Bob Woodward thinks we have a lot to worry about.

That's right, the deafening stomping sound you hear is The Big Grundle trying to walk back all those things he told Bob Woodward about how apocalyptically stupid and adolescent he found the current leader of the free world to be.

The book's damning picture was reinforced last week with the publication of a New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who portrayed fellow aides struggling to limit the potentially disastrous consequences of some of the president's rash decisions.

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