Trump dismisses Woodward book as a 'joke'

Friday, 14 Sep, 2018

The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book. "To be clear", he wrote in a subsequent tweet, "a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect". "But in the end, President Trump is the one who decides, and he has shown himself more than capable of doing so". Some figures who are quoted in the book, like chief of staff John Kelly and defense secretary James Mattis, have denied making derogatory remarks about Trump. "Fear" is an account of a presidency - a controversial one.

In fact, such omissions can be found aplenty in the book.

Later on during the interview, Woodward put Guthrie on the spot, when she questioned him about specific portions of his book.

Woodward: Yes, that's true and that's part of the problem.

Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes. "There are many voices in there ..."

During the meeting, according to Woodward's book, Trump said: "Pakistan isn't helping us".

"Fear: Trump in the White House", paints a picture of a commander in chief controlled by a mercurial humor whose own staff works to constrain his worst impulses.

During the interview, the president's son also touched on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the prominence (and alleged bias) of Google, and the 2018 midterms.

A couple of contrasts: He grew more critical of Bush over the course of the four books, whereas the picture he paints of Trump is dire from the start. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle.

"Are they lying?" Guthrie asked Woodward. He simply ignores the possibility that the secret national security discussions on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen may have been different from the ones he cites in the book. "You want to listen to everyone, you want to be patient, and then you want to go back, and then you want to get into their home", Woodward said, as the audience laughed.

"Well, the book is already out", he said. It seems as though Woodward shouldn't experience that anymore, considering the political history that he's lived through and reported on. Woodward also writes that Trump refused to send any additional aid.

Donald Trump has been further quoted in the book that PM Modi told him that United States should at least get something from Afghanistan in return. The depth of dysfunction inside the White House. In Fear, however, he spans lots of different battles and policy arenas. The likes of Mattis and Tillerson repeatedly defended the Iran nuclear deal to no avail, as the forces opposed to the normalization of relations with Iran prevailed.