Another Book Confirming Disarray In The White House

Fear Bob Woodward

Fear Bob Woodward

The White House administration is on the defense with the release of a new book called Fear by veteran journalist Bob Woodward. In attempt to downplay the details in the book, in an interview with the conservative news website The Daily Caller, Trump dismissed Woodward’s reporting.

“It’s just another bad book,” Trump said. “He’s had a lot of credibility problems.”

Trump also told The Daily Caller that he did not speak to Woodward about the book, despite the journalist’s multiple attempts to reach the president. The administration, including Trump, have tried to dismiss the book as a fictional read. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad.”

Trump has claimed no one reached out to him while the book was written but in a recording, he acknowledged that Senator Lindsay Graham mentioned to him that Woodward wanted to speak to Trump for the book. Trump denied any other requests through White House aides, including Kellyanne Conway, made it up the chain.

The book portrays the White House as chaotic, unorganized with a belligerent Trump at the core. This would also confirm the same theme in other books that have been released during this presidency so far. Many of the stories detailed vocal disagreement between members of the president’s team or direct confrontations between Trump and his aides.

“While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people,” Sanders said. “Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results.”

Additionally, the White House issued a rebuttal from White House chief of staff John Kelly. In the book, entitled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Kelly is quoted calling Trump “unhinged,” and an “idiot.”

“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true,” Kelly said in the statement. “As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: ‘I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS’.”

One of the most stunning excerpts from the book is when former economic adviser Gary Cohn was prevented Trump from pulling the US out of two major trade deals by stealing papers ordering the withdrawals from his desk.

Trump told the Daily Caller the story was “it’s just made up” and “there was nobody taking anything from me.”

Here are statements from a few aides and officials within the administration, as reported by CNN:

Here’s the full response from Sanders:

“This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad. While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people. Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results. Democrats and their allies in the media understand the President’s policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 – not even close.”

Kelly’s response:

“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true. As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: ‘I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS. I’m committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes’.”

“The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.

“While responsible policy making in the real world is inherently messy, it is also essential that we challenge every assumption to find the best option. I embrace such debate and the open competition of ideas. In just over a year, these robust discussions and deliberations have yielded significant results, including the near annihilation of the ISIS caliphate, unprecedented burden sharing by our NATO allies, the repatriation of US service member remains from North Korea, and the improved readiness of our armed forces. Our defense policies have also enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress.

“In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief president Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within [our] Department of Defense, is a product of someone’s rich imagination.”