Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

‘The book means nothing’: Trump disputes Woodward’s portrayal of White House dysfunction

‘The book means nothing’: Trump disputes Woodward’s portrayal of White House dysfunction

President Donald Trump's former attorney in the Russian Federation investigation says scenes and comments in journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book on Trump did not occur.

She went on to list the Trump administration's accomplishments. Kelly, who has always been rumoured to be close to resigning, once called Trump an "idiot" and said the White House staff was operating in "crazytown", according to the book.

Mattis told Trump he would proceed with such a plan, but immediately told an aide, after getting off the phone with the president that, "We're not going to do any of that".

Woodward's 448-page book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", offers a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional Trump White House, detailing how senior aides - both current and former Trump administration officials - grew exasperated with the President and increasingly anxious about his erratic behavior, ignorance and penchant for lying. But "pound for pound, year after year, nobody has taught us more or brought more information to bear on what is happening at the highest levels of government", says David Greenberg, a professor of history and journalism at Rutgers University and author of "Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency".

In "Fear", which is sourced from a number of current and former senior White House officials, Woodward describes Trump disparaging Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to The Post.

But as the needle of the credibility test swung to Woodward, a Washington Post star who with colleague Carl Bernstein was instrumental in unseating President Nixon, the journalist produced an extraordinary early August recording of President phoning him to ascertain, among other things, the nature of the book.

Trump posted another statement from White House chief of staff John Kelly.

On Tuesday, Kelly denied in a statement that he had ever called Trump an "idiot".

Mattis wrote, in part: "The contemptuous words about the [p] resident attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

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A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

Dowd, in a statement Tuesday, said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" " took place and denied saying Trump was likely to end up in an orange jumpsuit.

The result was that they could only start pushing back hours after the story first broke, releasing a slew of statements from figures quoted indirectly by the book.

Donald Trump once wrote that "only the Obama White House can get away with attacking Bob Woodward". Woodward reports that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did in fact call Trump a "moron" following a defense-related meeting.

"I never spoke to him", Trump told The Daily Caller. I'm tough as hell on people & if I weren't, nothing would get done. She told reporters at United Nations headquarters that she had been privy to conversations about the Syrian chemical weapons attacks, "and I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad". McMaster does not play as much of a role in the portions of the book released this week, although Woodward does mention that Trump once denigrated the former adviser as a guy who wears cheap suits like a beer salesman.

Trump did not speak to Woodward until after the book's manuscript was completed.

In the transcript, Woodward says he reached out to various White House officials and senators about interviewing Trump, but it did not happen.

Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer defended Woodward's methodology.

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