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.
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.