White House Responds to Woodward Book

White House Responds to Woodward Book

White House Responds to Woodward Book

It describes aides in the Trump White House as orchestrating an "administrative coup d'etat" by plucking documents off his desk to keep him from seeing and signing them.

But other former White House staffers have expressed support for Mr Woodward, who says he has transcripts and tapes to back up the claims in his book.

In a comical reflection of the current US political climate, a sports journalist has been forced to admit that James Mattis did not, in fact, grab US President Donald Trump's nose during a heated exchange over nuking North Korea.

Mattis also reportedly had to rein in US policy after a phone call in which the president supposedly ranted about wanting to "f*cking kill" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In statements, Kelly called the book "another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump", while Mattis said the words attributed to him in the book were "never uttered by me or in my presence". "We're going to be much more measured", Mattis said according to Woodward's book. In a meeting about the Korean Peninsula, Trump's comments left Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to say that Trump understood the matter at hand like a "fifth or sixth grader".

In the book, Trump blasts Giuliani after he appears on Sunday talk shows to defend then-candidate Trump in the wake of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.

"Well, accurate is that nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president", Trump responded.

The book, Fear: Trump In The White House, presents a chilling account of how key people in Trump's administration describe the frustration of dealing with the narcissistic and unhinged president.

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According to Woodward's reporting, Trump stumbles and contradicts himself during the exercise and Dowd is convinced that Trump should never sit down with Justice Department investigators.

"Look, I can't get into the internal deliberations", Sanders said of the decision not to do an interview with Woodward.

The book claims that after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered chemical weapons to be used against civilians in April of past year, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate Assad.

Meanwhile Trump's former lawyer John Dowd told Axios he had never called Trump a "fucking liar", as Woodward reported.

Another allegation made in the book is that former top economic adviser to Trump Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to prevent the USA from withdrawing from a trade agreement with South Korea. Some White House officials expressed surprise at the number of erstwhile Trump loyalists willing to offer embarrassing stories of the President and his inner circle. He also retweeted denials from his chief of staff, Gen John Kelly, who reportedly called him an idiot, while lamenting, "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything". Trump himself is accusing Woodward of fabricating the content of the book, and he most recently suggested that he might file a libel lawsuit because of it.

"I'm not gonna get into name calling because I don't think you should be allowed to call names - including the president", Isakson added.

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.

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