New Woodward Book is a Devastating Critique of an Administration in Crisis
Respected long-time journalist Bob Woodward's book on the Trump White House. "Fear: Trump in the White House," provides the most complete picture yet of the daily chaos ensuing behind closed doors.
Political Wire: “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.”— White House chief of staff John Kelly, quoted in Fear: Trump in the White House, about President Trump.
The Hill: "Trump and aides bad-mouthed one another often, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book, titled "Fear: Trump in the White House."
"Trump mocked Attorney General Jeff Sessions' accent, and described him to a staffer as "mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner."
"The president told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “I don’t trust you. I don’t want you doing any more negotiations."
"Trump suggested former national security adviser H.R. McMaster dressed "like a beer salesman," and called Preibus "a little rat."
CNN: “Many of the feuds and daily clashes have been well documented, but the picture painted by Trump’s confidants, senior staff and Cabinet officials reveal that many of them see an even more alarming situation — worse than previously known or understood. Woodward offers a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional Trump White House, detailing how senior aides grew exasperated with the President and increasingly worried about his erratic behavior, ignorance and penchant for lying.”
"President Donald Trump's closest aides have taken extraordinary measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most dangerous impulses, going so far as to swipe and hide papers from his desk so he wouldn't sign them, according to a new book from legendary journalist Bob Woodward."
Trump will likely call Woodward's account "fake news" and his supporters will minimize it as the work of a Washington insider, but the picture he paints is the same one that has been leaking from the White House for almost 2 years. And the details Woodward provides are convincing. His account will be hard to dismiss.