Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

Trump calls quotes in Woodward book 'frauds'

And he denied accounts in the book that senior aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions.

In an in August, Trump said the only reason he tapped Sessions to be his attorney general was because of his loyalty during the 2016 presidential election.

Last month, President Donald Trump called The Washington Post's Bob Woodward.

Trump has grown paranoid and anxious over an ongoing federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting aides to compare Trump to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Woodward reported.

The publication of Mr Woodward's book, due for publication next Tuesday, has been anticipated for weeks.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a formal response to reporters, calling on The New York Times to issue an apology for the "pathetic, reckless, and selfish" op-ed.

Woodward did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Woodward, Kelly told colleagues Trump is "unhinged" and "an idiot".

The New York Times, it would not be inaccurate to say, has been at loggerheads with the Donald Trump administration nearly since the day the real estate mogul-turned-politician took office. The book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", says he did so following a mock-interview he conducted with Trump in anticipation of sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit", Dowd is quoted telling the president.

Trump joked it was the "nicest quote about me I think I've ever had". "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Mattis said, according to the book.

The book says Mattis later told associates after a separate incident Trump acted like 'a fifth- or sixth-grader'.

"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", he wrote.

Mattis says in the statement: "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility".

Woodward's book also alleges Mr Trump wanted to "f**king kill" Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

The official added: "That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

At one point, Trump told Woodward: "You know I'm very open to you".

Trump said that did not take place.

According to Woodward's reporting, Trump stumbles and contradicts himself during the exercise and Dowd is convinced that Trump should never sit down with Justice Department investigators.

The 448-page new book reportedly relies on hundreds of hours of taped interviews, on the record and on background, but does not feature an interview with Trump himself. "Big deal", Trump told Woodward, according to a transcript of a telephone call released by the Post.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the author of the piece wrote.

Trump spoke to the conservative Daily Caller Tuesday after details emerged about the book.

I picked out the most fascinating parts of the call. But you know, I'm some - I'm sort of 50 percent used to that. Wolff's book attracted attention with its lively anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.

The White House has pushed back vigorously against "Fear: Trump in the White House", which features current and former aides calling the president an "idiot" and a "liar".

On Wednesday, as reality appeared to be closing in, Trump instead bragged about his approval ratings during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House. "Likewise other stories and quotes".

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