Trump blasts Woodward and threatens to write real book on presidency

first_imgDonald Trump Reuse this content Washington Post Shares1,0061006 Twitter Facebook Play Video Pinterest Share on Twitter US press and publishing Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp US politics Read more Trump administration This article is more than 10 months old Donald Trump has promised to “write the real book” on his presidency, to correct a record he says is misrepresented by Bob Woodward, veteran author of a highly anticipated work, Fear, that will be published on Tuesday. Support The Guardian @MartinPengelly Bob Woodward: Trump’s actions ‘jeopardise national security’ – video Share via Email First published on Mon 10 Sep 2018 08.11 EDT Topics “The Woodward book is a Joke,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dem[ocrat]s can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!”Members of the administration including the defense secretary, James Mattis, (who Woodward says compared Trump to “a fifth- or sixth-grader”) and chief of staff, John Kelly, (who said to have called Trump an “idiot” and working for him “Crazytown”) – have disowned remarks attributed to them by Woodward.But in the book, a copy of which was obtained by the Guardian, Woodward pre-empts Trump’s charge about anonymous sources. His interviews, he writes, were conducted “under the journalist rule of ‘deep background’. This means that all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it.” On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, the White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted: “I didn’t bring the request to the president directly.”Woodward, 75, made his name with Carl Bernstein, reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon. He appeared on NBC on Monday, telling Today his reporting on the Trump White House was “not anonymous”.“It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says,” Woodward said.He also said he had “never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what’s going on”.Fear contains scenes of cabinet members and advisers actively blocking Trump’s policy priorities, including trade and the alliance with South Korea and a proposed assassination of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.It also says that in late 2017, Trump nearly sent a tweet about withdrawing “all US military dependants – thousands of family members of 28,500 troops” from South Korea. He was dissuaded because a North Korean official had indicated such a withdrawal would be interpreted as “a sign of imminent attack”.“The possible tweet scared the living daylights out of the Pentagon leadership,” Woodward writes. 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Share on LinkedIn ‘It’s all fake’: in Trump’s heartland, talk of White House chaos rings hollow Read more Fear review: Bob Woodward’s dragnet descends on Donald Trump Share via Email The latest major Trump resignations and firings This article is more than 10 months old Newspapers Share on Facebook Bob Woodward Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest The writer said an invocation of the 25th amendment, a mechanism to remove a president deemed unfit for office, had been discussed.Trump reacted furiously, accusing the writer of treason and demanding a Department of Justice investigation, though most analysts said no crime had been committed.The vice-president, Mike Pence, was sent to the Sunday talkshows to defend Trump, which he did with characteristic vigour, volunteering to take a lie detector test to show he had not written the essay himself and insisting the 25th amendment had never been discussed. Pence and Conway suggested the op-ed constituted a threat to national security.On NBC on Monday, Woodward said: “The things that Trump did and does jeopardise the real national security.”The president seemed to have been watching. “Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem[ocratic] operative prior to the Midterms [elections],” he wrote. “He was caught cold, even by NBC.” Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Martin Pengelly in New York Last week, the day after the Post first reported the contents of Woodward’s book, the New York Times published an op-ed entitled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration and attributed to an anonymous “senior official”.The essay said members of the administration were running a “two-track presidency”, achieving Republican policy aims while sidelining the “amoral … impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” Trump until he was out of office. Mon 10 Sep 2018 10.53 EDT Share on Twitter Many scenes in Fear are recounted in direct quotes, and seem to communicate the experiences of among others former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former staff secretary Rob Porter and former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.In the same note, Woodward writes: “President Trump declined to be interviewed for this book.”Woodward’s employer, the Washington Post, released audio of a conversation between Trump and Woodward in which the author insists he tried repeatedly to gain an interview and Trump claims not to have been told of the requests. news Read more White House chief of staff John Kelly, seen in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters President tweets that he will correct record, saying he is misrepresented in veteran reporter’s upcoming book, Fear 1:02last_img read more