Trump dismisses Woodward book as a joke

U.S. President Donald Trump

The book, which has been described by the White House as a work of fiction, has a small segment on India and June 26, 2017 visit of Modi to the White House.

His closing take on the White House: "That people better wake up to what's going on", Woodward told David Martin of CBS.

In the new book, Woodward quotes chief of staff John Kelly as calling President Donald Trump an "idiot", while Secretary of Defense James Mattis allegedly said Trump was like "a fifth or sixth grader". While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.

Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said sales were "with the force of a cultural phenomenon", as Woodward continues a round of media appearances this week.

Although the primary topic of this video has to do with the debate between getting information that's off the record or instead on deep background, the moment that strikes perhaps hardest is that Woodward found the current iteration of the White House "shocking". "I'll write the real book!"

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Mattis told the president, according to Woodward's reporting.

Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged in an interview broadcast Tuesday that his father can trust fewer people around him than he would like in the wake of an anonymous commentary claiming there is a "resistance" within the Trump administration.

"I think this book shows in meticulous detail what happens at specific meetings, where the issues are addressed by President Trump and his staff, foreign affairs, North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, all of the immigration, trade issues", he said.

"These people, these are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable", he said.

The publisher of Bob Woodward's book Fear is expecting one of the biggest publishing success stories of the year, printing one million copies to keep up with reader demand.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote in a tweet Monday. Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter.

When Colbert brought up the fact that some people in the Trump administration were portrayed as types of heroes, Woodward replied, "You get to know these people, and you realize they're speaking from conscience, because they are anxious about Trump doing things".

"That's fine", Cohn said, Woodward reports. Dems can't stand losing.

Mr Mattis, Mr Kelly and other aides have vehemently denied make the disparaging statements attributed to them in the book.

Woodward said he wouldn't have used the op-ed column from a senior Trump official that The New York Times published last week.

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