Huckabee on Woodward's Book: Only a 'Gutless Coward' Uses Anonymous Sources

06 September, 2018, 03:31 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Huckabee on Woodward's Book: Only a 'Gutless Coward' Uses Anonymous Sources

At one point during the call, Trump put Conway on the phone, who admits that she "put in" Woodward's request but it was rejected.

Trump once again called Woodward's book "a total piece of fiction" on Wednesday and said Mattis "was totally, not even misquoted, he never made the statement".

Mr Trump says quotes attributed to Mr Mattis and Mr Kelly were "made up frauds, a con on the public". Likewise other stories and quotes.

Late Tuesday night, Trump denied a specific portion of the book about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Woodward repeatedly 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, according to The Washington Post, where Woodward serves as an associate editor. "[Woodward] made this up to divide!"

Trump spoke to the conservative Daily Caller Tuesday after details emerged about the book. It is. But it does mean that one should not expect this book to be a revelatory game-changer for this administration just because it resonates in the echo chambers of partisan politics and the media.

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What set the left-wing Bernstein off is Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump White House, which, as of now, appears to be nothing more than a reheated version of the Michael Wolff and Omarosa Manigault-Newman books about the White House.

He adds: "Further, I did not refer to the President as a "liar" and did not say that he was likely to end up in an 'orange jump suit"'.

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.

THE BOOK: Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, and the president held what Woodward described as a "practice session" to show Trump what it would be like to testify about Russia's election meddling.

The day after, a gleeful Trump called Dowd.

And the broader picture of life inside the Trump White House corresponds very closely to life inside the Trump Organization over the last few decades and life inside the Trump presidential campaign just two and three years ago.

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"The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true", said Kelly. "We're in Crazytown. This is the worst job I've had". "This is a pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump".

On Wednesday Mr Trump called once again for a change to libel laws to make it more hard to publish such accounts.

"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis wrote. And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, I told you he was an idiot. "I think the president's probably got a lot of respect for the South, I hope so".

Aides are described snatching documents off Trump's desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions - but some of the most explosive parts are direct quotes from White House insiders. Woodward's piece prompted "a shouting match between Woodward and Gene Sperling", Obama's economic adviser, "followed by an e-mail in which Sperling said that Woodward "will regret staking out that claim" - words perceived at the time as a veiled threat.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders evaded questions Wednesday on Fox News about whether it was a mistake for the communications department not to have Trump sit for an interview with Woodward.

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