Alarming Passages From Bob Woodward's Account Of Mattis Vs

05 September, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Bob Woodward's New Book Takes A Close Dive Into Donald Trump's White House

Woodward also tells Trump that he got in touch with White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah about an interview, prompting Trump to respond, "I don't speak to Raj".

Trump also flunked a practice grilling to prepare for a sit-down with special counsel Robert Mueller, stumbling while answering questions, telling falsehoods and contradicting himself before exploding in anger, according to the book.

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", Trump tweeted. "We're in Crazytown", Kelly said, according to Woodward.

According to Woodward, Mattis told staff to ignore a tirade by Trump against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in the wake of a chemical weapons attack in April 2017 and the USA president's alleged statement: "Let's fucking kill him!"

The book also reveals that Gary Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council, once removed papers from Trump's desk to prevent him from signing them.

Mr Trump's former lawyer in the Russian Federation inquiry, John Dowd, is said to have told Mr Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as he doubted his boss's ability to avoid perjuring himself.

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit", Dowd told the president.

James Mattis, the United States defence secretary, is said to have been exasperated after trying to explain the importance of America's military presence in the Korean Peninsula, which allows a North Korean missile launch to be detected in seven seconds.

"The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true". It remains to be seen whether Woodward's reporting will stand up to critique, but the excerpts published Tuesday seem to confirm and deepen the view that the current administration is adrift and disorganized, led by a president with neither the knowledge nor the management skills to navigate the complexities of the most powerful office in the world.


In the book, Woodward writes about Mattis and Kelly's frustrations about working with the president, at times defying his demands. "Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME", the White House statement reads, echoing both Trump's campaign-trail rhetoric and Twitter syntax and capitalization.

Woodward describes senior aides as secretly taking papers from Trump's desk to keep them out of his view, and specifically alleges Gary Cohn "stole" a letter from the president's desk that would have killed a trade agreement the U.S. had with South Korea.

Mr Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. He's this dumb Southerner ... "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

"I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot", Dowd said, according to the book. After ending a phone call with the commander in chief, Mattis reportedly told his a top aide to ignore the president's order.

Cohn has said he almost resigned over Trump's press conference in which the president blamed both white-supremacist protesters and counterprotesters.

Trump was the third public official to deny comments attributed to him in Woodward's book on Tuesday.

The book has Trump mocking Sessions' southern accent alongside other insults. I think you've always been fair. "I stole it off his desk", Cohn told an associate, according to Woodward.

"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked.

Mattis acted on his own to avoid Trump's demand to assassinate Bashar al-Assad after the Syrian leader attacked civilians with chemical weapons in April 2017.

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