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Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

In one anecdote, Trump questioned his National Security Council on January 19 about why the United States maintained a costly presence on the Korean peninsula.

When asked if it happened with this book, Woodward refused to answer, saying he wants to focus on Trump's actions.

After that meeting, according to Woodward, Mattis said to colleagues that Trump had the understanding "a fifth- or sixth-grader" - a 10- or 11-year-old child.

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and onetime economic adviser Gary Cohn both pushed back against "Fear", which portrays a White House mired in dysfunction, with aides disparaging the Republican president and working to prevent him from making disastrous decisions.

But Woodward says in his book there was an even more risky tweet that wasn't sent, declaring that Trump was withdrawing the family members of US troops from South Korea.

"I don't know who it is", Woodward says. "This is the best reporting I can do", Woodward concluded.

"It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way?" asked Woodward in the interview.

But despite Woodward remaining steadfast in his defense of the book, others have criticized him for it. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges told RT that whether the claims in the book are true or not, they're still "distracting from real issues".

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"To my knowledge, that is correct", he said. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 previous year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26.

"We're underestimating how serious all of this is", said Woodward.

"The Woodward book is a scam".

In a morning tweet, Trump leveled his latest criticism against a forthcoming book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, calling it "just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults" and branding it "fiction". Dems can't stand losing.

"We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand - that will put one million books in print before we've even gone on sale", a Simon & Schuster spokesperson told CNN. The Associated Press, a newswire, wrote an entire story on the three hugs Modi gave Trump.

On Monday, Trump called Woodward "a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms" following an appearance by Woodward on NBC's "Today" show.

The news outlet reports that he also suggested that the Justice Department investigate who penned the op-ed, adding that the "resistance" inside the White House that the author claimed was active was "subverting the will of the people".


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