Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes on Trump untrue

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2018

Earlier Monday morning, Guthrie confronted Woodward - one of the two metro desk reporters at The Washington Post who first exposed the Watergate burglary in 1972 - about sources used in his forthcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"It would be easier to get things done if you're able to fully trust everyone around you", he said. And you said you would get back to me.

"If I did I would not have been elected president".

"The fact that that's being honestly discussed is ridiculous, and frankly, it's insulting to the almost 62 million people that came out and overwhelmingly supported this president, voted for him, supported his agenda, and are watching and cheering on as he successfully implements that agenda every single day", she added.

An anonymous op-ed in the New York Times by a senior official in the Trump administration triggered a hunt to reveal the identity of the culprit who claimed to be part of a "quiet resistance".

The op-ed was published a day after excerpts from Fear: Trump in the White House, an upcoming exposé by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, began circulating-detailing similar concerns raised by top officials including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis. "These people, these are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable".

In the eight other presidential administrations Woodward has covered, he said he has "have never heard of people on the staff in the White House engaging in that kind of extreme action".

The book on the Trump presidency, "Fear", made a grand entrance and the astounding revelations in it, paint a picture of a chaotic White House, with aides at their wit's end with the commander-in-chief.

Cohn explained that that could be seriously harmful to the US's fiscal and economic situation, but Trump did not appear to understand, the book says.

"We are in Crazytown", Mr Kelly tells a small group of confidants, according to Woodward.

And this is when [Gen.] Mattis finally says, "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III". Woodward has said that senior Trump administration officials have not told the truth in responding to the book.

Trump called the writer "gutless" and "coward" and his aides also went into a complete meltdown.

Trump tweeted Monday that he has been subjected to "Phony books, articles and TV "hits" like no other pol has had to endure". "One person I interviewed nine times and transcripts of these conversations are 7 or 800 pages long, goes hundreds of pages", he added.

"I think historically speaking, that would be what happens", Trump Jr. said.

Like the rest of the establishment media, as we head into the midterms, Woodward seems desperate to keep everyone's eye off of the results of Trump's management style, which have been an unqualified success. Dowd took the role of Robert Mueller and Trump played President of the United States.

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