Trump blasts Woodward and threatens to ‘write real book’ on presidency

President tweets that he will correct record, saying he is misrepresented in veteran reporters upcoming book, Fear

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.

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 cant stand losing. Ill 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 Trumps 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.

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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.

Woodwards 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.

On NBCs Meet the Press on Sunday, the White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted: I didnt 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 whats going on.

Fear contains scenes of cabinet members and advisers actively blocking Trumps 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.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, seen in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Last week, the day after the Post first reported the contents of Woodwards 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.

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.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/10/trump-threatens-to-write-the-real-book-on-his-presidency

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