Woodward on Trump: Explosive claims in the latest White House tell-all

Misty Newman
September 5, 2018

Excerpts from a new book from Pulitzer-winning Watergate reporter Bob Woodward were released on Tuesday, revealing among other things that President Donald Trump thinks his attorney general is "retarded" and that the president's aides steal papers off the Resolute desk before he can read them and become angry or confused. "Don't know why Washington politicians don't change libel laws?"

She said that Trump has had the most successful two years of any president in modern history, pointing to tax cuts, victories against ISIS, the remaking of the judiciary and historic deregulation. The Associated Press obtained a copy of "Fear: Trump in the White House" on Tuesday, a week before its official release. "This is a pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump".

In a statement to The Post, Woodward said, "I stand by my reporting".

"No, it's - it's going to be accurate, I promise", Woodward said.

"The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and 'a dumb southerner, '" Trump tweeted. "But all I can say is the country is doing very well".

Allegations of Trump's remarks are not new and appear to deepen the divide between the him and Sessions, particularly after the attorney general recused himself from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation in 2017.

The publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.

President Donald Trump on Thursday once again ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an interview with Fox News. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

"Don't testify", Dowd was quoted by Woodward as saying. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit".

Kelly repeated a statement he made in May, saying that he and Trump "have an incredibly candid and strong relationship".

Trump Lambasts Jeff Sessions...Again
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which did not name the congressmen. He said the DOJ would have been " most unwise" to wait until after the midterms to issue these indictments.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is quoted in the book as telling associates that Trump acted like and has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader".

"Look, I can't get into the internal deliberations", Sanders said of the decision not to do an interview with Woodward. "Let's f--ing kill him!" He, along with Trump's national security team, then put together plans for the retaliatory airstrike that the administration eventually carried out.

"The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis said.

"[Trump] would make fun of her voice", a person who worked on the show's set said to The Beast.

The documents would have allowed the president to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and a trade deal with South Korea.

The session happened in January, according to Woodward, and during it Trump contradicted himself repeatedly and eventually got angry.

Woodward did not interview Trump for the book, but Trump did reach out to Woodward in August.

At one point, Trump told Woodward: "You know I'm very open to you".

Host Brian Kilmeade asked Sanders if the White House handled Woodward's requests to meet with Trump, which a taped conversation released by Woodward were properly turned down. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called". "So I have another bad book coming out". Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. No one had Omarosa Manigault-Newman's "UNHINGED" before it dropped either. "We're going to be much more measured".

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