Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'


Journalist and author Bob Woodward stopped by "The Late Show" on Monday to discuss his new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

The book, released Tuesday, contains accounts of President Trump in which aides at times paint him as ignorant on foreign policy and harsh with staff members, aides and surrogates, among other things.

"You don't have authority", he told the president in one meeting, when Trump demanded to have the United States immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. When he sees the 99-year lease and finds out that the USA is paying for it Woodward says Trump said: 'Take it out!

Even before the book came out, Trump called it a "scam", and Woodward a "liar".

The book features an exchange Trump allegedly had with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F Dunford in which the President described Senator John McCain, who died on August 25, as cowardly.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday morning.

"The Secretary did not make those comments", Manning said, "so he's not going to own those words".

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Woodward in the past several days when excerpts of the book were first published.

The president is displeased with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine in particular because Trump thinks he wasn't able to push back the claims made in the expose.

"Fear: Trump in the White House" caused an uproar last week after Woodward released excerpts from the book, depicting the president as angry, frustrated and paranoid about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

For his part, Woodward told NBC that while the sources are anonymous, the incidents are not-he provided a date and time for each one that appeared in the book.

The book is number 8 on Amazon's Top 20 most sold and most read books of the week and Fear is already the sixth biggest seller of 2018 on Amazon, CNN reported.

Simon & Schuster, the publishing company behind Bob Woodard's upcoming book, is reportedly printing one million copies of the White House tell-all to keep up with the "extraordinary demand". "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda". "These quotes were made up". The Afghan leaders were corrupt and making money off the US, Bob Woodward writes in the book.

The book also quotes Mattis, after a contentious National Security Council meeting on January 19, as saying Trump acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader".