Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

President Donald Trump unloaded Wednesday against an explosive new book from journalist Bob Woodward, labeling the tell-all memoir "a work of fiction" as West Wing staff scrambled to rebut its vivid depictions of White House dysfunction.

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", Trump wrote.

Trump on his Twitter habits: Woodward recounts that after the messaging platform doubled its character count for a single tweet from 140 to 280, Trump told then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter, "It's a good thing, but it's a bit of a shame because I was the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters".

The book says presidential aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions. And he stressed that he didn't speak to Woodward.

Calling Mr Giuliani a "baby", the book claims Mr Trump said: "I've never seen a worse defence of me in my life".

"I never got a call". "I'm busy. But I don't mind talking to you".

Woodward gained national fame for his reporting on the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, and has since written a number of books that provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of presidential administrations and other Washington institutions.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders rejected the Woodward book in a statement that dismissed it as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad".

President Donald Trump is decrying quotes and stories in an incendiary book by journalist Bob Woodward as "frauds, a con on the public". During the call, made in early August after the manuscript was completed, Trump says several times that he wished Woodward would have made more of an effort to interview him, saying he was never informed of the journalist's repeated attempts to reach out.

The White House also released a statement attributed to Kelly in which he renewed his denial of ever calling Trump an "idiot".

The book said Mr Trump's former lawyer in the Russia probe, John Dowd, doubted the president's ability to avoid perjuring himself should he be interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential coordination with the Trump campaign.

"Don't testify", Dowd was quoted by Woodward as saying.

Dowd said he would not address every "inaccurate statement" attributed to him but did deny that he had called Trump a liar or that he would end up in an orange jumpsuit. "We're doing this in order to prevent World War Three", Mr Mattis said, according to the book. The book discusses a mock interview that attorneys conducted with Trump in which the president fared poorly and that lawyers re-enacted parts of that interview for Mueller himself.

Woodward recounts that Mattis - having had to explain to the president that the USA must keep forces in South Korea "to prevent World War III" - told colleagues Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader", a 10- or 11-year-old child. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ordered.

For example, according to the reports, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from formally withdrawing from the USA trade deal with South Korea. "I'm busy", Trump said.

Mr Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after holding a mock interview with Mr Trump as a practice session, the book says. "Big deal", Trump told Woodward, according to a transcript of a telephone call released by the Post. Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.

The Washington Post on Tuesday published details from "Fear: Trump in the White House". Woodward sought through multiple White House officials and others close to Trump to secure an interview with him, to no avail.

Mr Woodward, who does not name his sources but apparently had extensive access to many White House insiders, describes some of Mr Trump's top aides and Cabinet members as having deep disdain for him.

In the wake of the White House attacks, Woodward told the Post he stands by his reporting.

The book from the Washington Post author is out September 11.

Trump has been increasingly critical of anonymous sources used by reporters covering his administration.

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