WH Statement On Woodward Book: 'Nothing More Than Fabricated Stories'

WH Statement On Woodward Book: 'Nothing More Than Fabricated Stories'

WH Statement On Woodward Book: 'Nothing More Than Fabricated Stories'

"It's just another bad book", Trump told the Daily Caller.

"He's had a lot of credibility problems", Trump said of Woodward, who has reported on multiple presidents and alongside Carl Bernstein broke news of the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

The president also denies that senior aides took sensitive documents from his desk, saying, "there was nobody taking anything from me". "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called". "I'm busy. But I don't mind talking to you".

LISTEN: A phone conversation between Woodward and Trump after the book's completion.

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.

Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Washington Post, which reviewed a copy of the book.

Underscoring the aggressive response, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Wednesday that Woodward "got played", adding that "most of these stories are made up from low confidence under performing people that have fallen flat on their faces because they didn't have the talent or intelligence to be successful". "This is the worst job I've ever had", Mr Kelly said at a meeting, according to Woodward.

Trump's former personal lawyer John Dowd also pushed back against allegations against him, including that he described the President as "a f--ing liar" and that he told Trump he would end up in an "orange jumpsuit" if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book said.

The president is quoted as likening former chief of staff Reince Priebus to "a little rat", and telling his 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you..." Those issuing denials, at least in part, included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.

Woodward recounts that Mattis - having had to explain to the president that the United States must keep forces in South Korea "to prevent World War III" - told colleagues Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader", a 10- or 11-year-old child.


Trump on Tuesday also lamented the fact that he did not sit for an interview with Woodward before publication. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ordered.

Mr Trump's former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn reportedly saw a letter on the president's desk that would have withdrawn the U.S. from a critical trade agreement with South Korea.

Trump took to Twitter to deny the book's claim that he had called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb Southerner". "I'm busy", Trump said.

Woodward reports Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter. "Big deal", Trump told Woodward, according to a transcript of a telephone call released by the Post. Trump even complained about the military spending involved in joint exercises and other activities aimed at maintaining a strong presence on the Korean Peninsula. "The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle", Trump tweeted. Wolff's book attracted attention with its lively anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.

The Washington Post on Tuesday published details from "Fear: Trump in the White House". The book, which is scheduled for release on September 11, is the latest to detail tensions within the White House under Trump's 20-month-old presidency.

In a separate statement, the White House is dismissing the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories". For this book, Woodward spoke to top aides and other insiders with the understanding that he would not reveal how he got his information, the Post reported.

The book is scheduled for official launch on Sept 11.

He later said that he did hear about Woodward's attempts from Graham, but noted that because Woodward didn't speak with him the reporter's upcoming tome would be "very inaccurate", and "that's too bad".

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

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