Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Trump wants to change libel laws in response to Bob Woodward's book

Trump wants to change libel laws in response to Bob Woodward's book

Based on hours of interviews with second-hand sources, Mr Woodward claims that Jim Mattis, the secretary of defence, said the president had the understanding of a "fifth or sixth grader", reveals that Mr Trump failed a practice interview about the Russian Federation investigation - "Don't testify".

"It's not that you're lying or you're bad or anything like that", Dowd told him.

Fear: Trump in the White House - by famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward - also details his rants.

Two officials who have spoken directly to the President say he is pleased with the denials offered by chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

"When are we going to start winning some wars?"

Underscoring the aggressive response, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Wednesday that Woodward "got played", adding that "most of these stories are made up from low confidence under performing people that have fallen flat on their faces because they didn't have the talent or intelligence to be successful".

White House chief of staff John Kelly is denying an account in journalist Bob Woodward's new book that he called Trump an "idiot".

Woodward, best known for his work with the Washington Post in uncovering elements of the Watergate scandal, simply stated that he stood by his work, which was based on hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources conducted on deep background.

Mattis called the book "fiction" and Sanders denounced the tome in a statement as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees" without disputing any of the specifics that have been reported in excerpts. It also says he called Trump an "idiot", an account that Kelly denied.

Mattis wrote, in part: "The contemptuous words about the [p] resident attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

More recently, Woodward's book, Plan of Attack, shed light on the contrived and false justification of the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and how former vice-president Dick Chaney and others cashed in on that dire deception.

Dowd said he would not address every "inaccurate statement" attributed to him but did deny that he had called Trump a liar or that he would end up in an orange jumpsuit.

"I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times", Kelly told Cohn, according to Woodward.

By Wednesday afternoon, White House reporters noted a slight change in the tone of official statements, implicitly accepting some internal strife. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, meanwhile said she never heard Trump suggest killing Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Donald Trump has dismissed a highly critical book on his presidency by the respected investigative journalist Bob Woodward as a politically motivated "con of the public". "I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book". McMaster does not play as much of a role in the portions of the book released this week, although Woodward does mention that Trump once denigrated the former adviser as a guy who wears cheap suits like a beer salesman. Trump told him. "I've never seen a worse defense of me in my life".

The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

President Donald Trump speaks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, May 15, 2017.

"I'm the only thing protecting the president from the press", Woodward quoted Kelly as saying in a meeting.

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