Trump insults Woodward book again and says he'll write "the real book!"

Toby Graves
September 14, 2018

The book is billed on Amazon as "the inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it". "The event ended up as a "'no-frills' cocktail reception" and a "working dinner" at the White House, writes Mr. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denies saying that Trump acted like a fifth- or sixth-grader while discussing North Korea, and chief of staff John Kelly denied calling Trump "an idiot".

But Woodward insisted his book was accurate and said he carefully vetted each description included in the book.

Woodward, asked on Monday on NBC's "Today" show about their denials, said, "They are not telling the truth".

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Trump also defended former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was running for an Alabama vacancy and was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s. "The Dems are going insane!"

The op-ed was not the only thing on Trump's mind as he called around to advisers over the weekend, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

"Just run the presses - print money", Trump said, according to Woodward, during a discussion on the national debt with Gary Cohn, former director of the White House National Economic Council.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Mattis told the president, according to Woodward's reporting. "Even more than that, what do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

The daily, which rarely publishes anonymous articles, said it did not disclose the name of the senior official in the Trump administration on the request of the author, whose "identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardised by its disclosure".

"When I heard about this, from notes of that NSC meeting - I've never heard anything like that", Woodward tells NPR.

On September 7, Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to help find the author of the op-ed, which described chaos in the White House and a "resistance" by Cabinet secretaries and others to thwart some of the President's impulsive actions. "It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says", Woodward said.

"One key person who's in office called me and said, "Everyone knows what you said here is true".

Trump has already tweeted his low opinion of the book.

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