Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes on Trump untrue

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes on Trump untrue

When Reince Priebus, the then chief of staff, said the Camp David meet was "not in the cards", Mr. McMaster is said to have flown into a rage.

"If that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed, or other important topics, and they are attempting to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something that the Department of Justice should look into", Sanders said in her first briefing since the editorial was published last week.

The book, which has been described by the White House as a work of fiction, has a small segment on India and June 26, 2017 visit of Modi to the White House.

Woodward claims in the book that President Donald Trump considered Christie to be a "jinx" to his campaign and accused him of stealing while raising money for the transition team.

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the BBC's Today Programme that the U.S. president had questioned security spending over South Korea, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in a national council security meeting a year ago. "The working dinner was at the White House", Woodward, the famed investigative journalist, writes in the book.

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing USA libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution".

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership. "Even more than that, what do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to Woodward's reporting, also reportedly said that Mr. Trump had the comprehension of "a fifth- or sixth-grader". He said that doesn't make a person "part of a 'resistance'".

The op-ed was not the only thing on Trump's mind as he called around to advisers over the weekend, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

Cohn, the former White House chief economic advisor, and ex-staff secretary Porter are portrayed as having worked together to prevent a poorly informed Trump from making unsound and potentially disastrous decisions involving national security and the economy.

"One key person who's in office called me and said, "Everyone knows what you said here is true".

The looming release of Woodward's book, according to reports, has had the White House on edge for weeks.

Trump has already tweeted his low opinion of the book.

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