Trump suggests libel laws be changed after bombshell book

06 September, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Trump said his former chief of staff Reince Priebus scurries around'like a rat

"He just made the nicest quote about me I think I've ever had".

The result was that they could only start pushing back hours after the story first broke, releasing a slew of statements from figures quoted indirectly by the book.

Amid the nuclear crisis, Trump also reportedly disregarded the significance of the massive USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward.

Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama defended Jeff Sessions after an excerpt from Bob Woodward's book on Donald Trump's administration revealed that the president called the attorney general a "dumb Southerner" and "mentally retarded".

"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis wrote.

Tweeted Trump: "Thank you General Mattis, the book is boring & untrue!" In the book, Trump says of the former Alabama senator: "This guy is mentally retarded".

"It's really too bad, because nobody told me about it", said the president.

"I guess I can bring it right to the president next time", Conway said.

According to The Post, Woodward's book alleges that Mattis told associates of President Trump that the president had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

The Washington Post and CNN reported highlights from the text on Tuesday. "And I think what the American people want to see is fairness".

According to Woodward, Mattis told staff to ignore a tirade by Trump against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in the wake of a chemical weapons attack in April 2017 and the U.S. president's alleged statement: "Let's fucking kill him!" Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

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Trump's witch hunt through the White House is apparently part of the White House's last-minute, scrambling PR plan.

When they repeatedly catch Trump with stumbles, contradictions, and lies, the President flies into a 30-minute rage, calls the probe a hoax, and refuses to testify.

Dowd, in a statement Tuesday, said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" " took place and denied saying Trump was likely to end up in an orange jumpsuit. Team Trump thus engages in what Woodward describes as an "an administrative coup d'etat" to circumvent Trump's worst impulses (like pondering assassinating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launching a military strike against North Korea, and pulling out of key global trade agreements).

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly wrote, "in fact it's exactly the opposite".

In a separate statement, the White House is dismissing the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories".

Meanwhile, in a gaggle with White House reporters on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she "didn't know" if Woodward's depiction of the White House amounted to libel. 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.

Some of the book's most anticipated anecdotes concern the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump's lawyers' desires to keep the president out of an interview with lead investigator Robert Mueller.

THE BOOK: Rudy Giuliani tried to defend the then-presidential candidate in 2016 shortly before Election Day after a recording leaked of Trump boasting of assaulting women.

According to the book, Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly raged: "He's an idiot".

Even so - whether at Trump's side because they believe, they serve or they finagle - everyone in the White House should take careful note of the person they're dealing with and the person whom Woodward has fleshed out.



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