Trump says he doesn't talk the way Woodward portrays him

Saul Bowman
September 10, 2018

Greg Gutfeld said the controversial New York Times op-ed allegedly written by an anonymous senior Trump administration official "doesn't hurt Trump a bit".

Bob Woodward spoke out about the Trump administration in his first interview on his book this Sunday, and warned that people need to "wake up" to what's going on inside the White House.

During the same meeting Trump reportedly asked C Boyden Gray, former USA ambassador to the EU: "Which is going to be the next country to drop out [of the EU after Brexit]?"

Trump is quoted as likening former chief of staff Reince Priebus to "a little rat", and telling his 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you".

Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece.

In his book Woodward, who shot to fame more than 40 years ago for his reporting on the Watergate political scandal, portrays Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, with top aides anxious the United States is one Trump tweet away from a national or economic security crisis.

On Wednesday night, Trump tweeted a demand that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!" This means there are few conservative people available for Trump to call on to serve on his staff, so he had to take a second choice for some position, and this less-than-conservative choice decided that his/her leftist ideas should prevail over the ideas of a duly elected Trump, and this person deceived and lied to his/her employer, the president of the United States.

In his book, Woodward published a picture of the unsigned letter.

But Trump also told reporters that he was poised to dramatically escalate a trade war with China - implementing tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods - that economists said could potentially affect the USA economy if a deal is not worked out with the world's second-largest economy.

Excerpts from Bob Woodward's upcoming book about Trump, "Fear", first revealed last week by Washington Post, cast doubt on the loyalty of Trump's closest advisers.

Down Pennsylvania Avenue, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have to investigate the identity of the author, though Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally, said the legislative body could take part.

"You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis, '" Woodward told CBS.

They could get away with it, Woodward said, because Trump doesn't remember. Russian collusion? Those smelling Trump blood can't wait for special counsel Robert Mueller's glacial wheels of justice to bear fruit - if ever - on that score.

The author said he tried but contends he was either stonewalled by Trump's inner circle or simply ignored.

"So, well done, New York Times".

Trump himself followed up those denials by issuing a barrage of tweets condemning Woodward and the book as "discredited".

"Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president".

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