Woodward book 'Fear' reflects chaos in Trump White House

Woodward book 'Fear' reflects chaos in Trump White House

The publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all of their colleagues cooperated with the noted journalist. But according to Woodward, he quietly saved the South Korea-US trade agreement, known as Korus, when in 2017 he removed a "letter off Trump's desk" that the president planned to sign that would have ordered a US withdrawal. "They know they can't give him the Michael Wolff treatment", referring to Michael Wolff's White House bombshell "Fire and Fury". Meanwhile, Kelly has issued a statement denying that he "ever called the President an idiot".

In this latest expose, it appears that Woodward confirms many Americans' worst fear; that at a critical time in their history, they have elected the most unqualified and incompetent president in recent history.

The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails". And, from what we know of Woodward's modus operandi, this book is even more evidence that the "establishment" has had enough of the festival of fools in the Oval Office.

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Mr Cohn, who tried to rein in Mr Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the USA from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote. Kelly is quoted by Woodward repeating that sentiment, saying, "we're in crazytown....this is the worst job I've ever had".

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Mr. Kelly said he never called the president an idiot and argued the book was a smear campaign to detract from the Trump administration's achievements. I'm tough as hell on people & if I weren't, nothing would get done.

Trump did not speak with him until the manuscript was complete, the paper said. "Let's kill the f-ing lot of them".

The president's former lead personal attorney, John Dowd, is quoted in graphic language referring to Trump as a "liar" who will end up wearing an "orange jump suit" if he gives testimony to special counsel Robert Muller, who is looking into ties between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation.

"The things I see coming out of this White House are the president delivering on historic tax cuts, delivering on building a booming economy, delivering on rebuilding our military, delivering on remaking the judiciary, delivering on cutting regulation after regulation".

According to Woodward's reporting, Trump stumbles and contradicts himself during the exercise and Dowd is convinced that Trump should never sit down with Justice Department investigators. He said in an interview with The Daily Caller, "There was nobody taking anything from me". "I would certainly rather take the word of those two individuals than a couple of disgruntled former employees that are anonymously attacking the president trying to make him look bad for no other reason I guess than to build themselves up".

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