Bill Kelly: Woodward’s new book exposes Trump incompetence

05 September, 2018, 23:20 | Author: Jared Lewis
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"The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book, reported Tuesday that former Trump attorney John Dowd arranged a mock interview for January 27".

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.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who spends more time with the president than any other official, thinks the president is "unhinged", according to Woodward, who writes that in one small group meeting, Kelly said, "He's an idiot". He said in an interview with The Daily Caller, "There was nobody taking anything from me".

According to The Washington Post (the paper at which Woodward is an associate editor) the 448-page book offers an unsparing look at the commander-in-chief, gleaned from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses.

The book, which has not yet been released, depicts top Trump aides sometimes sidestepping instructions to limit what they see as his damaging and unsafe behavior.

"You can't have the type of success that this president has had if what that book says is true", Sanders said in an interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, emphasizing the president's successes. After Trump criticizes the US's military commitment to South Korea, one White House adviser asks Trump what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night".

Amid the nuclear crisis, Trump also reportedly disregarded the significance of the massive US military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward.

Mattis is quoted explaining to Trump why the US maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities.

Defense Secretary James Mattis responded: "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III".

The claims - revealed in excerpts in the Washington Post from the book which is due to be released on September 11 - have been strongly denied by Mr Mattis, the USA president and the White House.

And the broader picture of life inside the Trump White House corresponds very closely to life inside the Trump Organization over the last few decades and life inside the Trump presidential campaign just two and three years ago.

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The book quotes Mr Kelly as saying: "We're in Crazytown".

The former adviser pulled a similar move over Mr Trump's plans to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the book claims.

Dowd, who resigned soon after that conversation with Mueller this March, is absolutely right.

Dowd said he would not address every "inaccurate statement" attributed to him but did deny that he had called Trump a liar or that he would end up in an orange jumpsuit.

President Trump is desperately trying to figure out who in his administration might have talked to legendary journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming book Fear, which depicts the Trump White House as a paranoia-seized workplace overseen by a petulant president. "Let's kill the f-ing lot of them". The national security team then set about developing options for a conventional air strike.

Mr Mattis is also quoted as saying Mr Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" - the age of 10 or 11 - in understanding foreign affairs. In it, the president claims he was never contacted for an interview or informed of Woodward's soon-to-be-published work - an assertion the reporter successfully rebuts.

Some of the striking contents of the book were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday, ahead of its September 11, release.

Trump, moreover, never stopped belittling his subordinates, according to Woodward.

Trump treated top aides with scorn, the book says, telling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that he was past his prime and calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded".

The BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says that Woodward has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is that it is better to talk to him than not, since colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story.

Mr Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. Woodward told him that he made the request to at least a half-dozen people close to the president, and that it was never granted.


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