Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis to keep his job

06 September, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis then told colleagues Trump had the mental ability of'a fifth or sixth-grader

President Donald Trump's former attorney in the Russian Federation investigation says scenes and comments in journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book on Trump did not occur.

"The President acted like - and had the understanding of - "a fifth or sixth grader", Mattis told colleagues, according to renowned journalist Bob Woodward, who recounts this anecdote in an explosive book called Fear that will hit the stands 11 September. "Secretaries of defense don't always get to choose the president they work for", Mattis told friends at one point, prompting laughter as he explained Trump's tendency to go off on tangents about subjects such as immigration and the news media.

Bob Woodward's Trump book is already a bestseller on Amazon ahead of its release next week, and The New York Times has detailed some of the most damning stories from Fear: Trump in the White House.

Probably the same way they react to the steady drip of similar episodes coming out of Trump-era Washington: by taking it with it a huge grain of salt and then largely ignoring it.

Woodward's work also comes weeks after former White House aide and "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing, including audio recordings of her firing by Kelly and a follow-up conversation with the president in which he claimed to have been unaware of Kelly's decision. Woodward is known for being involved in the takedown of President Nixon in the infamous Watergate scandal.

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly wrote, "in fact it's exactly the opposite".

"The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis said in his refutation, adding, "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility". But he said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place.

The result was that they could only start pushing back hours after the story first broke, releasing a slew of statements from figures quoted indirectly by the book.


In a separate statement, the White House is dismissing the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories". Woodward told him that he made the request to at least a half-dozen people close to the president, and that it was never granted.

The day after, a gleeful Trump called Dowd.

Trump has called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner", according to Woodward.

The pattern began in July 2017, with "Devil's Bargain", the book by journalist Joshua Green that portrayed now-fired aide Steve Bannon as a key strategist behind Mr. Trump's election. "This is the worst job I've ever had", Woodward reports insiders saying of Kelly's remarks.

Some of the book's most anticipated anecdotes concern the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump's lawyers' desires to keep the president out of an interview with lead investigator Robert Mueller. I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing.

"There is no federal libel law for President Trump to bully Congress to change, and the president does not have the authority to change state libel laws", Hauss said.

Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer defended Woodward's methodology.

"I'm not gonna get into name calling because I don't think you should be allowed to call names - including the president", Isakson added.

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