Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

US Defence Secretary James Mattis To Keep His Job, Says Donald Trump

US Defence Secretary James Mattis To Keep His Job, Says Donald Trump

They pretty much confirm the chaos reported in Bob Woodward's new book - likely what spurred them to come forward. So this book is called "Fear".

But what struck me about the reaction of the White House is that it seemed to lack some of the intensity with which they went after previous book writers like Michael Wolff, who wrote "Fire And Fury", or Omarosa Manigault Newman.

President Trump responds to a reporter's question during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.

- White House chief of staff John Kelly on working for Mr Trump: "He's an idiot".

The op-ed confirms numerous reports in Bob Woodward's new book Fear, which reported that top officials remove papers from Trump's desk to stop him from seeing and signing them: "The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren't for unsung heroes in and around the White House".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls the sourcing weak, and says the book is "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad".

The senior administration official's op-ed offered extensive insights into the unvarnished thoughts of a top official, but the op-ed was in keeping with reports throughout Trump's presidency.

The White House denials echoed those made about previous critical books, particularly those by journalist Michael Wolff and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

"... Trump's impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic". Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results.

The book, which is set to be released on September 11., alleged that Trump's current and former aides have called him an "idiot" and a "liar".

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Bob Woodward has been writing non-fiction books on United States politics since 1974 when he co-authored "All the President's Men" with Carl Bernstein.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence".

However, the anonymous official's public declaration seems to support some details, such as administration officials stealing Trump's papers off his desk to prevent him from signing legislation they considered risky to the nation, as CNN describes from an advance excerpt of the book.

The book is also filled with interviews from officials expressing grave concerns about Trump's fitness for office.

Now, both CNN and the Post recount a scene from the book in which Trump sits down with his then-personal lawyer John Dowd for a mock interview.

The unsettled chain of command, in addition to the special counsel's scrutiny of Trump's close associates and 2016 campaign, reportedly added to the negative atmosphere. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit".

McConnell also says he has total confidence in Sessions and hopes he continues serving as attorney general.

Mr Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation. The two men have carried on a simmering feud for months.

The Postpublished what it said was a conversation Woodward had with Trump after the book was finished.

Moments later, Trump bashed the New York Times in off-the-cuff comments delivered at the White House in which he called the essay "anonymous, meaning gutless".

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