Explosive quotes from Bob Woodward's book about Trump

07 September, 2018, 16:19 | Author: Angel Logan
  • This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

The opinion piece titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" offers the view from an alleged White House staffer who says is part of a group working to thwart part of president's agenda from within.

The writer, one of a duo with Carl Bernstein whose reporting for the Post on the Watergate scandal brought down president Richard Nixon, has published powerful and often embarrassing insider books on presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, Trump disregarded the significance of the massive US military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward.

"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".

Allies said some of the ire in Trump's orbit was focused on former staffers such as ex-staff secretary Rob Porter and onetime economic adviser Gary Cohn, who are sympathetically portrayed.

"This guy is mentally retarded".

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". "He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".

Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump's national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.

Mr Dowd also expressed his concerns directly to Mueller, Woodward writes.

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit", he said. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit". "It's the kind of thing I think will unnerve many voters".

"I don't think Woodward made anything up". The Times described the author only as a "senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us". "It's just made up", he told the Daily Caller.

Raj Shah is the principal deputy communications director at the White House.

In her own statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also appeared to confirm that the author of the essay worked in the Trump administration. In her statement, she went on to list administration accomplishments and predicted a Trump win in 2020. Why is that? And what kind of picture of the White House is emerging in this account from Bob Woodward? Some of the aides out right declined those requests, sources said.

"I never got a call". Lindsay Graham of SC, to put in a good word for him as well. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ever mentioned Woodward's project to him.

"He's an idiot", Kelly said, according to the Post's account of Woodward's book. She told reporters at United Nations headquarters that she had been privy to conversations about the Syrian chemical weapons attacks, "and I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad". But you know, I'm some - I'm sort of 50 percent used to that. We'll see what happens. "He wanted to write the book a certain way".

"In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the enemy of the people, President Trump's impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic", he said.

This can be read either as false bravado (Trump is trying to convince Woodward that nothing can really hurt him with his supporters) or actual bravado (Trump is convinced that nothing can really hurt him with his supporters). He's gone off the rails. "I spoke to you 20 years [ago] and I spoke to you a year and a half or two years ago".

Chief of staff John Kelly told colleagues he saw Mr Trump as "unhinged" and "an idiot". "We're doing a great job!" "He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS".

"A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really risky ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas", Woodward quotes Porter as saying. "Let's go in. Let's kill the fucking lot of them", Trump reportedly told him. "We're going to be much more measured".

In his statement Tuesday evening, Mattis said he embraced debate and the "open competition of ideas".

"None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times".

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