Trump’s about-face towards Woodward, regardless of his historical past of compliments for the reporter, gives one other stark instance of the president’s scorched-earth tactic of responding to his critics.
Excerpts from Woodward’s forthcoming guide, “Concern: Trump within the White Home,” painting the White Home underneath Trump as chaotic and vindictive, with the president himself often undermining his high officers as those self same individuals gripe about him behind his again.
In line with the guide — which relies on interviews with individuals who largely spoke anonymously so as to share their tales freely — Trump known as his legal professional basic, Jeff Periods, a “traitor,” “mentally retarded” and a “dumb southerner”; he stated his former chief of workers Reince Priebus was “like somewhat rat” scurrying round; he mocked ex-national safety advisor H.R. McMaster’s demeanor and vogue sense, saying he dressed “like a beer salesman”; he informed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “You are previous your prime.”
The White Home has broadly disputed the guide as unfaithful. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “This guide is nothing greater than fabricated tales, many by former disgruntled workers, informed to make the president look dangerous.”
It additionally prompted full-throated denials from senior workers members, together with present chief of workers John Kelly, who for the second time denied calling the president an “fool,” and Protection Secretary James Mattis, who asserted, “The contemptuous phrases in regards to the president attributed to me in Woodward’s guide have been by no means uttered by me or in my presence.”
Woodward has stated he stands by his reporting.
Nobody has pushed again towards Woodward’s forthcoming expose extra forcefully than Trump himself, nonetheless.
Shortly after the primary excerpts from the guide have been printed on Sept. four, Trump kicked off a stream of Twitter assaults on Woodward and his reporting that continued practically per week later.