Officials slam Trump as 'idiot'

07 September, 2018, 22:09 | Author: Emmett Rice
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"He (Trump) is also denying it, by the way", Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM.

In his interview with The Daily Caller, Trump denied that aides have removed documents from his view, saying "it's just made up" and that "there was nobody taking anything from me".

Since Watergate, Woodward has been one of the most respected living U.S. journalists, and an authority on modern USA presidents who drew praise from Mr Trump himself in 2013 for his work on Barack Obama.

"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.

President Donald Trump reacted with fury and a barrage of expletive-laden tweets to two straight days of humiliating revelations that portrayed him as an incompetent lying idiot and as a pariah intensely distrusted and despised by his own White House staff.

The book said Mr Trump's former lawyer in the Russia probe, John Dowd, doubted the president's ability to avoid perjuring himself should he be interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential coordination with the Trump campaign. Trump launched into a story about how once a pro golfer's wife complained that he was away too much and now he is selling golf balls.

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit", he said. Both officials denied those accounts in statements Tuesday.

"When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody", Woodward quotes Priebus as saying, according to CNN.

"If that was me, I would have taken the resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times", Kelly told Cohn, according to notes Cohn made of the encounter, as reported by Woodward. He said the early release of information from the book this week was created to interfere with confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, "which I don't think it's done".

"Mr Woodward never discussed or verified the alleged quotes included in his book with Secretary Mattis or anyone within the DOD", he said.

Key allies have pushed back against the book, which quotes Trump aides disparaging the president's judgment and claiming they plucked papers off his desk to prevent him from withdrawing from a pair of trade agreements.

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Mr Mattis assured Mr Trump he would get right on it but then told a senior aide they would do nothing of the kind, Mr Woodward wrote.

Instead, he developed a plan for a limited air strike that did not threaten Mr Assad personally.

However, Mr Dowd said in a statement that "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place, and he denied the "orange jumpsuit" comment. "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

"The President is unhinged", Kelly said.

"I think you really ought to talk to H.R. about that because he's the expert", staffers would tell Trump, referring to H.R. McMaster, the White House national-security adviser who was sacked earlier this year.

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". Trump responds by showing he seems to have no idea what those words mean - offering an opinion about how great he is doing as president. According to the book, Kelly often vented his frustration with Trump.

Later, Trump himself joined in with a Twitter post that called the anecdotes circulating from the Woodward book "frauds, a con on the public". Bannon screamed at Ivanka at a staff meeting, according to Woodward. "He's this dumb Southerner", Trump reportedly told Porter about Sessions. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called". "I wouldn't let him see it".

Mr Woodward's book was already ranked the top-selling book on Amazon on Tuesday.

Cohn, who tried to rein in Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote.

"I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book", he tweeted Tuesday. Look, I asked. They said no. Talk to them.

In a note to the readers in the book, Bob Woodward said, "When I have attributed exact quotations, thoughts or conclusions to the participants, that information comes from the person, a colleague with direct knowledge, or from meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and government or personal documents".

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