Woodward's 'Fear' Posts Strong Sales as Interest in Trump Books Continues

13 September, 2018, 18:57 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Watergate's Woodward says 'Times' Trump op-ed not up to his standards

Woodward in the book recounts how Defense Secretary James Mattis had to explain to Trump why the United States pays $3.5 billion a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea, telling the president it was a key line of defense against North Korea to prevent "World War Three".

Woodward also said he wasn't lying, despite the president's accusations.

And then the bombshell New York Times anonymous an op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" created a storm another the Trump administration. "Never has a country given so much away for so little in return" as the U.S. had in Afghanistan, Modi had said to Trump, according to The Washington Post. "The things that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security".

Taking a measured tone during the 20 televised minutes he appeared on the show, Woodward said that it took a good amount of time - and patience - to secure the interviews and documents that he used for his book, which depicts the Trump White House as a byzantine, treacherous, often out-of-control operation. This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the USA had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan". "I would say 'Okay, name me who was there".

Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most risky impulses", Axios reports.

Former chief of staff Reince Priebus is described as "a little rat", according to Woodward's book.

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But according to Woodward, Cohn's message did not seem to connect.

"We should just go borrow a lot of money right now, hold it, and then sell it to make money", Trump suggested.

The president is displeased with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine in particular because Trump thinks he wasn't able to push back the claims made in the expose.

Although it focuses on the debates and decision-making in Trump's White House, Woodward's Fear: Trump in the White House devotes the first 50 pages to the familiar story of Trump's campaign and the crucial role played by Steve Bannon as well as his big donors. Cohn and Porter reportedly worked "steal" a letter from Trump's desk that would have pulled the USA out of its trade deal with South Korea and prevent further copies of the order from reaching him.

In his book, he claims that Donald Trump was ignored by his Defence Secretary after telling him to "f****** kill" Syrian president Bashar al-Assad following the chemical attack on civilians previous year.

Woodward said Trump acknowledged some of the material he said would be in the book, but also denied "a great deal" of it.

"Fear" is scheduled for release Tuesday morning.

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