Donald Trump denies calling his attorney general ‘mentally retarded’

05 September, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump, "He's an idiot. We're in Crazytown", Kelly is quoted as saying.

There was the moment when Defense Secretary James Mattis described Trump as having the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" on foreign policy.

According to The Post, Woodward reports that Gary Cohn, Trump's former top economic adviser, prevented withdrawals from the North American Free Trade Agreement and a deal with South Korea by stealing documents authorizing the moves from Trump's desk.

"In the book, Trump's former personal lawyer, John Dowd, describes the president as 'A f*cking liar.' And, and, if Michael Cohen is to be believed, he also lies about f*cking".

Dowd reportedly told the president: "Don't testify".

Mr Woodward writes that the President was dismissive about having the U.S. military on the Korean peninsula, even though it allowed them to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds rather than 15 minutes from Alaska.

United States defence secretary Jim Mattis, known as India's best friend in Washington DC because of his keenness to grant Delhi a waiver on impending U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation, is said to have been quite irritated with President Donald Trump during a nuclear standoff with North Korea this January. "This is the worst job I've ever had", Kelly said, according to the book.

Among the egregious allegations levied against the Trump administration by Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" are stories of staffers compelled to withhold, and even steal, national security documents off President Donald Trump's desk "to protect the country", as CNN reported.

Gingrich also called Woodward's book "very sad", lamenting that the reporter "had a chance to do a book that would have been truly interesting". According to the Post, it portrays a Trump White House that's filled with second-guessing by members of Trump's staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors. The Washington Post, where Woodward is an associate editor, reported Tuesday on the book, revealing some of the highlights.

In the call, recorded by Mr Woodward with Mr Trump's permission, the president first says he did not know about the book, then changes tack and admits he did, blaming staff for preventing the reporter from reaching him to discuss it.

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Amid the barrage of firm denials by Trump and his team, Woodward reiterated that he "stands by" his reporting and the book's contents.

Mr Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. He's this dumb Southerner.

Mr Trump did not speak with him until the manuscript was complete, the paper said. Mattis subsequently informed a senior aide, "We're not going to do any of that".

Cohn has said he almost resigned over Trump's press conference in which the president blamed both white-supremacist protesters and counterprotesters.

Mr Woodward tells Mr Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview him and was rebuffed.

Trump reportedly mocked Attorney General Jeff Session's accent, saying, "This guy is mentally retarded". "Let's f-ing kill him!"

The episodes described in Woodward's book underscore Cohn's repeated clashes with Trump, which came not just on trade issues but also over the president's response to the violent white-supremacist-led protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. "I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times", Kelly told Cohn. And he was harsh and blunt with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, telling him "I don't trust you".

"This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many be former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad", Sanders said.

Trump allegedly ordered the assassination of Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad previous year after he used chemical weapons on civilians and rejected National Security Council assessments on the importance of America's military presence in the Korean Peninsula, Woodward reports in his book.

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