MEDIAWATCH: Watergate journalists Trump book grabs world attention

 
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A new account of the Donald Trump administration from esteemed American journalist Bob Woodward has plunged the US president into further controversy reports The Week.

The Washington Post has published a report detailing key findings from the book, titled Fear: Trump in the White House, a week before its release - and says it depicts the White House as being in a state of “nervous breakdown”.

Given Woodward’s “powerful journalistic brand, from his seminal role in exposing Watergate through a series of insider portraits of a succession of presidents – including Bill Clinton, the younger George Bush and Barack Obama – Fear is likely to carry an even greater punch” than other recent Trump books, says The Guardian.

The president has already attempted to discredit Woodward’s account on Twitter, calling it “nothing more than fabricated stories”.

Here are some of the more eye-catching claims in the book says The Week

Trump didn’t understand the significance of the Korean Peninsula

Trump’s advisers “are always trying to teach the president”, says Washington Post’s Robert Costa. “That’s the way Woodward paints it on so many different fronts,” he told National Public Radio (NPR) news site.

One example depicts Trump, at a National Security Council meeting on 19 January, failing to understand the need for a huge military presence on the Korean Peninsula.

On the one hand, “you have the president questioning different aspects of the relationship with South Korea, questioning why does the US have a relationship with South Korea on trade”, says Costa. And then you have Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis “saying that you need to have a relationship with South Korea to stop World War III from unfolding in that area of the world”.

Trump wanted to assassinate Syria’s president

The book charts how top officials work together to thwart Trump from carrying out his more outlandish desires, reports The Guardian.

Trump is said to have told Mattis that he wanted to have Bashar al-Assad assassinated, following the Syrian president’s regime alleged chemical attack on civilians in April 2017.

“Let’s f***ing kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f***ing lot of them,” Trump said, according to Woodward.

Mattis told Trump that he would “get right on it”, the book claims but instead came up with a plan for a limited air strike that did not threaten Assad personally.

Trump called Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded’
Trump “has long been angry about Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation early on”, says the Daily Mirror.

According to Woodward’s book, Trump said to his staff secretary Rob Porter that Attorney General Sessions was a “traitor”, and added: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner... He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”

Trump’s lawyer quit following mock Mueller probe session

Woodward writes that Trump’s lawyer John Dowd staged a practice session of a mock special counsel interview in case the president was called to testify before Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Trump is reported to have fared so poorly when responding to the tough questioning that Dowd told him: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.”

When Trump disagreed, insisting he’d be a “real good witness”, Dowd reportedly told him: “Mr President, I just can’t help you.”

[caption id="attachment_88081" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Kelly[/caption]

Trump’s chief of staff called him an idiot
General John Kelly “was brought into the White House team to introduce some discipline both to Trump and his staff”, says the Mirror - but reportedly fumed at one meeting: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”

However, in a statement from the White House issued earlier this week, Kelly said: “The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true.”



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AJD

And it is very clear that you and all the other trumpers suffer from TAKS!! Figure it out if you can. Hint....it is what he demands that everyone around him do to feed his insecurity and narsicism every day!!

9 months ago
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AJD

It is interesting that this most recent book tells the same tales of all the others that preceded it. I know......maybe there was collusion!!! Is that what you think rc?? 45 inherited a growing and healthy economy. To his credit he has not screwed that up. Tax cuts made the rich richer. No wage increases of any significance.....so another repub promise failed. Cost of living continues to go up. So I guess it is good that more people are working, but most are in low and minimum wage jobs that provide nothing but subsistance funding.....not real growth or life improvement potential. But national debt is now right through the roof and 45 is proposing the cancellation of long overdue pay raises for civil servants to pay down some of this debt. Aren't you so happy that he is such a man of the people!!! No worries though....I have confidence in the fact that most americans are not ignorant of the real facts. November will soon be here. Remember...he lost the popular vote by almost 4 million. No electoral college to rely on in November!!!

9 months ago
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GULICK GRINGO

concur.

9 months ago
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GULICK GRINGO

The rich are getting richer? Maybe many of the poor are remaining poor because they are too lazy to get to work as the left-wingers have convinced them that the government owes them a living? Any American people that are "sinking into poverty" must be lazy and stupid.

9 months ago
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Richard Charron

202,000 more jobs added this morning, unemployment remains at 3.9%. I don't know what world you are living in but the rest of us call it La-La Land. You have such a severe case of TDS that you should probably seek professional help. Our President is not bullying Canada but merely asking them to level the playing field or pay the consequences. Sounds like a good way to put America first but then again you would never acknowledge that. Get some mental help.

9 months ago
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eugenie

bullying and alienating Canada is not a successful negotiation and the stock market is rising but the American People continue to sink into poverty. it just means the rich are getting richer at the expense of everyone else, and in a sense, yes, that's an economy on fire, but sort of like California is on fire.

9 months ago
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Richard Charron

Just another shot at President Trump which will also fail. How do you disparage a President that has the U.S. economy on fire and with the recent success in his trade negotiations will only improve? You fabricate stuff that the MSM is only too happy to promote.

9 months ago
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