Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

President Donald Trump is keeping up his end of Fear author Bob Woodward's book promotion campaign, writing at least five tweets this morning that directly reference the book - and a few that seem at least spurred by the upcoming September 11 publication.

"The incidents are not anonymous", he said. He is certainly the best known and, since his role in the expose of Richard Nixon and the Watergate cover-up in the early 1970s, in Washington he is also one of the most feared.

"The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said.

"Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

Woodward's book contains scenes of cabinet members and advisers actively blocking Trump's policy priorities, including trade and the alliance with South Korea and a proposed assassination of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Woodward said he used multiple interviews with key witnesses to write the book, including one subject who was interviewed nine times, resulting in hundreds of pages of their transcribed statements.

And in a signal that he plans to be an aggressive counter-puncher in advance of the November midterm elections, he jabbed his liberal opponents - suggesting Woodward is among them.

FILE- Former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaks during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate

According to Woodward's book, Secretary of Defense James Mattis responded to the latter questions saying "We're doing this in order to prevent World War Three". Woodward's new book is due to be published on Tuesday, and the veteran journalist is promoting his damning account of the President's leadership.

"The White House is a 'smooth running machine, '" he continued. They would criticize the president behind his back and undermine his more radical suggestions, the book claims.

The anonymous author, claiming to be part of the "resistance" to Trump "working diligently from within" his administration, said, "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

Perhaps most damning are the words of Trump's own lawyers, who were apparently so terrified of the president testifying in the special counsel's investigation - because of his inability to tell the truth - that they appealed directly to Mueller not to subpoena him. "These are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable". Dems can't stand losing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the accomplishments of the current Congress when asked about the op-ed during an interview on Fox News.

Donald Trump almost declared war on North Korea through a tweet, but his defense secretary was able to beg him to reconsider, a new book claims. If I did I would not have been elected President. "Family members of the 28,000 people there, '" he said.

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