Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Donald Trump: Bob Woodward Book a 'Work of Fiction'

Donald Trump: Bob Woodward Book a 'Work of Fiction'

"Yeah, he'll stay", Trump said of Mattis at an impromptu session with White House reporters, according to a White House pool report.

Within hours of the first reports about the book, the US leader started attacking it, asserting that quotes and stories in the book "were made up frauds, a con on the public".

Kelly, in remarks released by the White House, said he never called the president an idiot and called the story "total BS".

Kimmel, meanwhile, simply repeated excerpts from the book and laughed, before saying, "It's a good thing Donald Trump doesn't read books, because I think this one would make him very upset".

Mattis says in the statement: "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility".

He adds: "Further, I did not refer to the President as a "liar" and did not say that he was likely to end up in an 'orange jump suit"'.

"I'll be a real good witness", Trump told Dowd, according to Woodward.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders in the Roosevelt Room, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington.

Calling it a "two-track" presidency, the author said Trump works on his own agenda, while others in the administration take actions they believe are in the best interest of the country.

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Woodward, the legendary Washington Post scribe, also showcases Trump as a dysfunctional predator, which is a completely familiar portrait to those who've watched and worked with the president over the years.

"I don't even know why any of us are here", Woodward quotes Kelly as saying. On accounts in the book that senior aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions, Trump told The Daily Caller, "There was nobody taking anything from me".

"Nobody's going to come even close to beating me in 2020, because of what we've done", Trump said.

John F. Kelly, the chief of staff, quickly soured on Trump.

- John Dowd, who served as Trump's personal lawyer for matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation until March, when he resigned, was so concerned that Trump would perjure himself if he submitted to an interview with Mueller's team that he put together a mock question-and-answer sessions with Trump to prove his case. This sentiment was nicely summed up by Infowars, the influential conspiracy theory website, which wrote that "it looks like WaPo journalist Bob Woodward's new book is another bash-fest symptomatic of Trump Derangement syndrome". White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News she hasn't spoken with Trump about filing any libel lawsuit. Trump said, before Mattis talked him down, according to Woodward. The Pentagon chief hung up and told a senior aide, "We're not going to do any of that".

"That was the greatest show of self-control I have ever seen", Kelly said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, whom the book claims Trump describes as having the understanding of a "fifth or sixth grader", released a statement attacking the book's accuracy.

Woodward and Bernstein - or "Woodstein" - became the most heralded U.S. investigative journalists ever, and the Washington Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Woodward repeatedly requested an interview with Trump for the book, but did not succeed. "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

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