Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2018

The book's release on Tuesday will follow an anonymous op-ed published last week in the New York Times describing senior administration officials' attempts to thwart the president in a "resistance" movement to protect the nation, dealing Trump a one-two punch in what is perhaps the toughest stretch of his presidency. According to a review of an advance copy obtained by Business Insider, the Woodward book includes some surprising details about President Trump's preferred tax and monetary policy. The book also quotes White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as telling colleagues that the president was "unhinged" and "an idiot" who had "gone off the rails".

That's according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House". Trump himself has shown little willingness to let Woodward's claims go by the wayside, tweeting the famed Watergate journalist "is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the midterms".

"I mean, there is a coup, like saying there was a coup by General McClellan and his senior leadership in the Union Army to try to thwart what Abraham Lincoln wanted to do in the civil war".

Woodward said that in the Central Intelligence Agency, agents are taught to "let the silence suck out the truth". But Trump backed down once the initial news reports, which said the subpoenas were aimed at Trump's and his family's dealings with the bank, were inaccurate.

Some Trump aides, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have suggested that Trump would be within his authority to order a formal investigation of it.

Trump spent the weekend complaining about the book as well as the op-ed writer.

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"And, that's how you end the book".

"And so it is not as simple as physically keeping him out of the areas where he is not helpful or welcomed, because this is a president who intentionally pervades everything, and that is a problem, especially in the effort to hold the House", she concluded.

"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. Mattis is quoted calling Trump's understanding "like a fifth or sixth grader".

"I think historically speaking, that would be what happens", Trump Jr. said.

"I think the most important thing right now is making sure that, you know, again, I get out there, fight for the House, fight for the Senate, make sure that people get that, you know, Donald Trump and the successful policies that he has enacted, that the policies that are making America win right now, they're on the ticket in 2018". "You know, people get complacent".

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