The world will never tire of hearing and reading about the shenanigans of the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Most of his often-careless ruminations take gigantic proportions, especially from the troll world. But now, the yet-to-release explosive book by Bob Woodward, the famous journalist who broke the Watergate scandal, titled, Fear: Trump In The White House, promises to take you into the White House and show you the way Trump operates in his office, what his aides feel about him, which are, if the book has to be believed, rather ‘fear’-inducing and bound to make a lot of noise.
To be published on September 11, some juicy bits are now being leaked out, making your curiouser and curiouser about the ways of Donald Trump and the kind of President he is. According to Woodward, everything in the book is a result of hundreds of hours of interviews, plus notes, diaries and government documents.
Sure enough, Trump has already dissed the book as rubbish and typically stated, “It’s just another bad book. He’s had a lot of credibility problems,” adding, “It’s just nasty stuff. I never spoke to him.” He feels the author, a seasoned and two-time Pulitzer winning journalist, whose story on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, could have just made it up. The Press Secretary agreed with the President and said the book was probably full of stories given by ‘disgruntled employees to make the President look bad.’
Here are some shocking revelations from the book given by Washington Post and CNN:
- The White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to the book, called Trump ‘unhinged’. This quote by Kelly in the book says it all: ‘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.’
- Apparently, Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd had to go out of his way to stop him from sitting down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, fearing that it might make him ‘look like an idiot’. What’s more, Dowd is said to have arranged a mock interview with Trump, which further made him feel that the President ‘was incapable of being honest’.He is said to have told Trump, point-blank, ‘Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.’ Dowd and another of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, says Woodward’s book, actually went to Mueller and said, ‘I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot. And you publish the transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?’ This account has however been denied by Dowd since and instead he said it was an honour and a privilege for him to be working with Trump.
- The book says when Trump asked the necessity of the US to spend money to maintain a military presence in South Korea, an alarmed Defence Secretary James Mattis ostensibly replied with, ‘We’re doing this to prevent World War III.’ He is said to have told his colleagues that Trump ‘acted like—and had the understanding of—a fifth or sixth grader.’
Of course, several of the episodes mentioned in the book have been denied by the people who are supposed to have been quoted in the book, including this one by Mattis. But, even the denials don’t take away from the masala that one can expect from the book. Wait for it…
- Mr Trump has publicly vented about his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions on many occasions, but in private, he was reportedly even more venomous.
The President called Mr Sessions a “traitor” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, a move Mr Trump has long regarded as a personal betrayal.
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner,” Mr Trump said. “He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
- Back in 2016, when the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape was leaked, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani went on TV to defend Mr Trump. The then-candidate was not impressed.
“Rudy, you’re a baby. I’ve never seen a worse defence of me in my life. They took your diaper off right there. You’re like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?” Mr Trump said.
It is unclear whether Mr Giuliani ever became a man, but he is now serving as Mr Turmp’s personal lawyer.
- In April last year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of attacking his own people with chemical weapons (again). Mr Trump reacted with a radical order. “Let’s f***ing kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f***ing lot of them,” he told General Mattis on the phone.
The Defence Secretary hung up and effectively disregarded his boss’s wishes, telling an aide: “We’re not going to do any of that.”
The administration ended up launching an air strike, but did not, as Mr Trump put it, “kill the lot of them”.
- Mr Trump regretted his belated condemnation of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the aftermath of the drama in Charlottesville.
“That was the biggest f***ing mistake I’ve made,” he said.
The President had initially said there were “good people” among the white supremacist marchers and “both sides” were to blame for the violence.
- Gary Cohn, who served as Mr Trump’s top economic adviser, “stole” documents off the President’s desk to stop him from ditching trade agreements.
Mr Woodward cites the example of a letter Mr Trump was planning to sign, pulling out of an agreement with South Korea. Mr Cohn removed it before that could happen.
“I wouldn’t let him see it. He’s never going to see that document. Got to protect the country,” Mr Cohn told an associate. Mr Trump reportedly didn’t notice.
We can expect more damaging stories to emerge in the coming days as the release of Mr Woodward’s book draws nearer.