Trump rips searing New York Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

07 September, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Democrats have long expressed disdain for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions but some now see him as a bulwark against attacks on the Justice Department

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".

Trump says he would have liked to speak with Woodward and he says it sounds like it will be a "negative" book. In one scene in the book, Gary Cohn plucks a letter from Trump that would have formally withdrawn the USA from an important trade agreement with South Korea.

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

Trump has reacted with fury to the article, describing it as a "gutless editorial".

The official says that Mr Trump has shown a preference for autocrats and dictators over allies, and opposed a strong reaction to the Salisbury poisoning.

Woodward, who rose to fame via his coverage of the Watergate scandal during the Richard Nixon presidency in the early 1970s, is an associate editor at the Washington Post, which published excerpts of the book Tuesday.

In the op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the official said he and like-minded colleagues have vowed to thwart parts of the president's agenda and his worst inclinations.

The official goes on to say those "successes" (if you want to call them that) "have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

In a later tweet Trump also denied calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions quote "mentally retarded" and a "dumb southerner", calling the claims made up and created to be divisive.




US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated a year ago but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and risky behavior.

Trump also tweeted out written statements by aides on the Woodward book, including one from his chief of staff. A former official told Politico it was now "open season on the president", and the Post reported that texts were being shared saying the "sleeper cells have awoken".

The White House responded quickly and angrily to the piece, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacking both the Times and the unnamed official.

Moments later, Trump bashed the New York Times in off-the-cuff comments delivered at the White House in which he called the essay "anonymous, meaning gutless".

This op-ed thus supports the narrative pushed by Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, and Bob Woodward, author of the forthcoming Fear, that have made similar claims about Trump aides undermining him while believing that he is incompetent and unsafe.

It's also not created to put the administration on better footing - by allegedly revealing the inner workings of the White House, this staffer has launched a molehunt that will tear apart Trump's inner staff.

"It's just another bad book", Trump told the Daily Caller.

Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, wrote on Twitter that "I said in July 2017 in my short tenure [at the White House] that there were forces inside the building that were "saving the country" from POTUS".

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