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Bob Woodward Depicts The White House as a Trump’s Dark Mad House

  •           WOODWARD:

  • Gary Cohn and Rob Porter stole or hid documents from Trump’s desk, including a draft that would have withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement with South Korea.
  • James Mattis ignored Trump’s request to kill Bashar al-Assad in April of 2017.
  • John Dowd told Trump he’d be wearing an “orange jump suit” if he dared testify to Mueller. (Dowd told Axios he didn’t call Trump a “fucking liar,” as Woodward reported).
  • Trump called Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb Southerner” who “couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
  • John Kelly called Trump “an idiot” who had “gone off the rails… This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” (In a statement, Kelly denied calling Trump an idiot.)

The White House response, via Sarah Sanders: “This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad. … Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results.”

Between the lines, from Axios’ Jonathan Swan:

The White House’s core problem is that Woodward is a serious reporter with decades of thorough reporting under his belt.  Unlike the very sloppy Michael Wolff, you can trust that Woodward has gone to inordinate lengths to get to the best obtainable version of the truth. It will be hard to credibly dismiss this as “fake news.”


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