Senior aide attacks 'amoral' and 'erratic' Donald Trump

Tonya Becker
September 7, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement pointing out that Trump handily won the 2016 presidential election thanks to the support of almost 62 million voters, and that, "None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times", using Trump's favourite catchphrase for the newspaper.

Jimmy Kimmel said that the latest release "promises to be the president's most unflattering portrait yet", before he quipped: "It's a good thing Donald Trump doesn't read books because I don't think he'd like this one".

Asked about the column during a White House event, Trump called it a "gutless editorial", bashed the New York Times as "failing", and ticked off economic achievements that he said were proof of his leadership. "Big deal", Trump told Woodward, according to a transcript of a telephone call released by the Post.

Mr Trump lashed out at the author of the anonymous piece - and at the "dishonest" Times. It says there's a resistance inside the Trump administration to curb Trump's worst impulses.

"I do not know of any such instruction".

Woodward is known for being involved in the takedown of President Nixon in the infamous Watergate scandal.

"When you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who's failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons now, and The New York Times is failing", Mr. Trump added later.

But even the president's deputy press secretary wouldn't have been able to make that interview happen, because Trump says he never talks to the man.

President Donald Trump is anxious that Bob Woodward's next book is going to be "bad", the Washington Post reports.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern U.S. leader, claimed the writer, who The New York Times, in a tweet, identified as a he.

Woodward's book, which is described as based on in-depth interviews with those in and around the West Wing, details a dysfunctional White House in which Trump is an unpredictable boss not respected by top aides. I would know. I am one of them.

In response to Woodward's reporting, Mattis issued a statement Tuesday condemning the book as a "uniquely Washington brand" of "fiction".

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the United States economy and national security. "This is the worst job I've ever had".

"From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief's comments and actions".

"He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russian Federation, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior".

The book quotes chief of staff John Kelly as having doubts about Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown".

Then after pointing to reports of disorder within the White House, he continued on: "This is unbelievable".

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