Trump dismisses Woodward book as a 'joke'

Journalist and newsreader Rachael Bland.         Source Instagram  Rachael Bland

Journalist and newsreader Rachael Bland. Source Instagram Rachael Bland

WASHINGTON - Bob Woodward, the author of a new book describing how top aides to US President Donald Trump have attempted to limit what they saw as his unsafe behavior, said on Sunday he would not have published the anonymous op-ed by an administration official that appeared in the New York Times last week.

Bob Woodward's book, Fear: Trump In The White House, will be available in United States bookshops on Tuesday after a week of excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray the president as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

Defence Secretary James Mattis left a meeting with Trump about that request "exasperated and alarmed", and told people in the President's inner circle that he had "acted like - and had the understanding of - 'a fifth- or sixth-grader, '" according to Woodward.

President Donald Trump is keeping up his end of Fear author Bob Woodward's book promotion campaign, writing at least five tweets this morning that directly reference the book - and a few that seem at least spurred by the upcoming September 11 publication.

Woodward added that "this has not been treated seriously enough", saying that "some of the things that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security".

The big question underlying Mr Woodward's careful demolition of the Trump presidency is what can be done about it.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Mueller may agree to accept written answers from the president on at least some topics.

Woodward's book uses unnamed sources to describe life in the White House.

Trump has called the forthcoming book "total fiction - just like he wrote in the past about other presidents".

Woodward told CBS that the most "dangerous" moment of Trump's standoff with Kim Jong Un came when the president went to produce another provocative tweet.

Woodward portrays Trump's White House as chaotic, unpredictable, and full of staffers who disrespect the president and talk behind his back in "Fear" of being overheard. Democrats can't stand losing. "I would say 'Okay, name me who was there".

Publication of the op-ed followed the release of stunning details from an upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in which current and former aides referred to Trump as an "idiot" and "liar" and depicted him as prone to rash policy decisions that some aides either work to stall or derail entirely.

Richard Painter, who served as Chief Ethics Lawyer for former president George W. Bush, wrote that Sanders was "misusing her official position" by attacking the newspaper and her tweet was "a direct affront to the First Amendment". "As you know from having read my book there are dates and times and participants - I wouldn't have used it".

But he told NBC that until Trump he had "never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on".

The book also quotes Mattis, after a contentious National Security Council meeting on January 19, as saying Trump acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader".

A different journalist asked if the White House would give a list of everything in the book that they thought were inaccurate, to which Sanders replied, "I think that would be a complete and utter waste of our time, so no".

The Times said revealing the author's identity would put his or her job in jeopardy.

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