Top White House officials are denying claims made in a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward about President Trump’sadministration. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement that he never uttered "the contemptuous words" attributed to him in the book. Like what? “The Washington Post” published excerpts from “Fear: Trump in the White House,” including claims that:
- Staffers keep papers off the President’s desk to keep Mr. Trump from signing them.
- Mattis told associates that Trump “had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader.” Mattis has described that claim as “fiction.” “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence,” Mattis says in a statement. “While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.”
- In regards to Attorney General Jeff Sessions? "This guy is mentally retarded," Trump reportedly told staff secretary Rob Porter. "He's this dumb Southerner. He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
- Chief of Staff John Kelly also pushed back against accusations that he called the President an "idiot" and "unhinged.” He’s also alleged to have said, quote: "He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. We're in crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had." Kelly says he has the exact opposite belief about Trump's intellect.
The White House is pushing back, too. "This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "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."
What do you think of this book, a total fabrication, or truthful?