President Trump is pushing back on a book which is set to officially be released next week by renown journalist Bob Woodward which contains strong anti-Trump bias.
In the book, Woodward claims some aides to the president intentionally hides documents and reports from Trump to avoid him potentially overreacting to a situation.
At other points in the book, as CNN reports, Trump is described as a danger to national security and worse. Woodward said Trump is an “emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader.”
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Woodward’s 448-page book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” provides an unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the President’s inner circle. From the Oval Office to the Situation Room to the White House residence, Woodward uses confidential background interviews to illustrate how some of the President’s top advisers view him as a danger to national security and have sought to circumvent the commander in chief.
Many of the feuds and daily clashes have been well documented, but the picture painted by Trump’s confidants, senior staff and Cabinet officials reveal that many of them see an even more alarming situation — worse than previously known or understood. Woodward 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 worried about his erratic behavior, ignorance and penchant for lying.
The book specifically contains an interaction with Chief of Staff John Kelly who is quoted as calling Trump “an idiot.”
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown,” Kelly is quoted as saying in the book, per CNN. “I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
President Trump took to social media to express his frustrations with the book.
“Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally makeup stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?” Trump asked.
Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
The White House and members of the Trump administration are also pushing back on the book.
“This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people. Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis also responded to the book, saying “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence.”
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) September 4, 2018
As the Washington Examiner reports, the book is slated to be released on September 11.