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Woodward Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

10 September 2018

"If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The Times said revealing the author's identity would put his or her job in jeopardy.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was "unhinged", the book claims.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and one of the most visible Republican Trump critics in the country, said he had been in hearings for Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and was also unfamiliar with the essay. And could a divided executive branch pose a danger to the country? How in the world was I ever persuaded to pick him for my attorney general?

On the defensive over damning accounts of the inner workings of his administration, Donald Trump set out on Friday (Sep 7) to discredit the testimony that cast doubt on his ability to lead the United States.

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Trump is quoted as likening former chief of staff Reince Priebus to "a little rat", and telling his 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you". "We fully recognize what is happening".

What is also clear is that while presidents have always had disloyal members of staff, the vast majority of those who served Nixon, Reagan, Mr Clinton, the Bushes and Mr Obama tended to adore the leader they worked for.

A "whodunnit?" style guessing game has raged in the corridors of power and on social media over the identity of the author, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny involvement. "They are secret. They are called special access programs, and he jeopardizes them". Could the anonymous figure be someone in Pence's orbit? There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! "[The book describes] specific people on specific dates". The opinion piece is a different matter. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration".

Mattis and Kelly have both denied the quotes attributed to them.

The newspaper departed from its usual practice by publishing the op-ed anonymously. He said the author is "failing" and "probably here for all the wrong reasons".

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Bob Woodward thinks we have a lot to worry about.

Woodward's employer, the Washington Post, released audio of a conversation between Trump and Woodward in which the author insists he tried repeatedly to gain an interview and Trump claims not to have been told of the requests.

The Sunday shows surfaced top-level denials from Trump officials.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced Woodward's book, calling the veteran journalist an "idiot" and his work a piece of "fiction".

The president's frustration grew when, soon after portions of Woodward's book were leaked, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump official who wrote of a quiet "resistance" inside the Trump administration, working against some of the president's wishes.

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"I don't know who it is", Woodward says. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office. It requires that the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet back relieving the president.

Woodward Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue