Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

‘Fiction!’ Trump says he’ll write ‘real book’ in response to Woodward’s publication

‘Fiction!’ Trump says he’ll write ‘real book’ in response to Woodward’s publication

The piece's publication has coincided with revelations from a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that depicts a chaotic White House in which some aides have even removed papers from Trump's desk to prevent him from taking what they believe to be unwarranted actions.

The op-ed, published by the New York Times last week, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration, according to the Times.

As CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti pointed out, the Department of Justice does not investigate "non-crimes". President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are both White House advisers.

It appeared to be another instance of the president versus the administration, as Trump proceeded on one track while the agencies largely moved on another.

The book - "Fear: Trump in the White House" - officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. But that's what they've said, and that's what's historical.

"The mood in the White House, to just take the Woodward book for instance and the anonymous op-ed to start with, the president is angry and frustrated", Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker explained.

But, Trump Jr. acknowledged the investigation has been hard on him personally. He further claimed there were "whispers" in the cabinet of a concerted effort to remove President Trump from office by invoking the impairment clause of the 25th Amendment.

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Trump attacked the book again on Monday, writing in a tweet that it was a "joke".

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about it", he said, again denying that he spoke to his father about his June 2016 Trump Tower sit-down with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump jumps from topic to topic, talking about the real "Russia story" involving his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton; the deadly Niger ambush on American soldiers; and economic gains. He told allies that he was certain that his stance on the national anthem controversy contributed to the NFL's lower television ratings for its Thursday night opener - though ratings were largely up for the league's first Sunday of games. But Trump returned to the idea later in the conversation.

Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote this weekend about the possible nexus between Trump's business and Russian money laundering involving Deutsche Bank, which has been tied to such illicit money.

In another, Woodward recounts how White House Chief of Staff John Kelly frequently became angry and told colleagues that he thought the President was "unhinged". On Monday, it was ranked as the top-selling book on Amazon.

"I like him very much", Trump is quoted as saying by Woodward.

The source, while citing demeaning views of Trump from other unnamed senior officials, declined to say how many officials had actually taken this vow of resistance, or when and how they had taken this vow. Dems can't stand losing. "I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!", Trump tweeted on September 7.

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