MAD DOG: General Mattis Torches Bob Woodward For 'Fiction' Anti-Trump Book

MAD DOG: General Mattis Torches Bob Woodward For 'Fiction' Anti-Trump Book

"I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through".

The Hill reported Tuesday that Woodward has written that the president lashed out at aides this year during a session to prepare him for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

The BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says that Woodward has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is that it is better to talk to him than not, since colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story.

The former adviser pulled a similar move over Mr Trump's plans to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the book claims.

"I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book", he tweeted Tuesday. "I'm busy", Trump said. "You don't need a strategy to kill people".

"'So it sounds like you're on the fence about going to prom with me?'"

He says the book is "already discredited" with "so many lies and phony sources", rejecting an allegation that he had used the terms "mentally retarded" and "dumb Southerner" to describe Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Allegations of Trump's remarks are not new and appear to deepen the divide between the him and Sessions, particularly after the attorney general recused himself from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation in 2017.

Award-winning journalist Bob Woodward's latest book is being called a shocking validation of the incompetence of the Trump White House.

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.

The book claims Trump calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded", while describing how his own staff called the president "unhinged" and an "idiot". Johnny Isakson of Georgia said, according to The Post.

More news: Trump slams Sessions on Twitter, says AG is hurting GOP in midterms

Woodward wrote that Dowd would tell Mueller that the president did not have time for the inquiry while he was juggling the responsibilities of his new job.

Mattis tried to explain that having troops in South Korea was actually the most cost-effective - and effective, period - means of preventing World War III.

Mr Trump did not speak to Mr Woodward until after the book's manuscript was completed.

After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, "Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like - and had the understanding of - 'a fifth- or sixth-grader.'?"

The book portrays Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, painting a picture of chaos that Woodward says amounts to an "administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

He denied the charge then, calling it "total B.S.", and he's denying it now.

"In serving in this administration", Mattis concludes, "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".

In another interview with Stern in 2004, Trump decried a "negative" news report that scrutinized his financial dealings and threatened to "sue their ass off".

The Washington Post was the first to share an excerpt from the book.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, said Mattis was never interviewed by Woodward. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called", the president told the conservative news outlet. "If that was me, I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times".

Trump has slammed the book, suggested Woodward is a "Dem operative" who is trying "to divide".

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