Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

"It's not every day that someone writes, and I'm quoting, 'we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic, '" he said.

The Pentagon doubled down Monday on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' denials that he ever ignored demands from President Donald Trump or mocked the commander-in-chief's grasp of military issues.

President Donald Trump is keeping up his end of Fear author Bob Woodward's book promotion campaign, writing at least five tweets this morning that directly reference the book - and a few that seem at least spurred by the upcoming September 11 publication.

Ms. Gurthrie pressed on the statements his book attributes to Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, which both have denied.

In the normal practice of journalism, it's considered to be the job of a newspaper's own reporters, not anonymous government officials, to report on newsworthy political revelations, especially those with momentous implications.

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Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader", but they've said they didn't make those statements.

"They're not telling the truth", Woodward said.

"You can, in an nearly microscopic way, establish what occurred - and that's what I've done in this book".

Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes. As a result, Cohn kept the president from jeopardizing a top-secret intelligence operation that would allow the U.S.to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from North Korea.

Like the rest of the establishment media, as we head into the midterms, Woodward seems desperate to keep everyone's eye off of the results of Trump's management style, which have been an unqualified success.

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In early 2018, Trump sent several belligerent tweets that seemed created to taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The White House last week called Woodward's new book "nothing more than fabricated stories". "Family members of the 28,000 people there.'" Trump never sent the tweet, because the US got a back-channel message from North Korea saying Kim would see such a pullout as proof the USA was about to attack, Woodward explained. Asked whether he has tape recordings of most of the interviews, Woodward said yes.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Mattis told the president, according to Woodward's reporting.

The book, which comes out Tuesday, gives a new look into the inner workings of President Donald Trump's White House. "I hope [Trump] knows - maybe he does? - that there are dozens and dozens of us".

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.

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