'Lies and phony sources': Trump dismisses Bob Woodward's book

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No one coming to terms with the Trump presidency has any reason to be surprised by what they're seeing, including the people who've chose to work for him - which, of course, begs the question: Why did all these folks who've spoken to Woodward decide to work in the Trump White House to begin with?

But even the president's deputy press secretary wouldn't have been able to make that interview happen, because Trump says he never talks to the man. "This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes". Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results.

The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. For Woodward, it means putting almost a half-century of credibility covering eight presidents behind a vivid account he says is supported by scores of hours of recordings. "Trump, South Korean leader to meet at UN Trump suggests Woodward is a 'Dem operative" MORE, telling reporters that he is "very happy" with the Pentagon chief.

Trump posted another statement from White House chief of staff John Kelly. "Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public", Trumptweeted.

The result was that they could only start pushing back hours after the story first broke, releasing a slew of statements from figures quoted indirectly by the book.

Trump said Wednesday that such a demand was "never discussed" and accused Woodward of writing false and "scandalous" things about other presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He made this up to divide!

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Woodward, in his "Fear: Trump in the White House", describes this administration in a state of total panic, with aides running about, chaotically trying to control this president's out-of-whack impulses and soothe his nervous-nelly paranoia about special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Trump tells Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross he does not trust him, saying: "I don't want you doing any more negotiations".

Mattis said in a statement, "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant and White House aide fired for allegedly abusing her office, weighed in with "Unhinged", a gossipy tell-all unexpectedly supported in parts by secret tape recordings.

Trump accused Woodward of making up quotations attributed to Kelly and the USA defence chief, James Mattis.

Trump took to Twitter last night to deny Woodward's reporting. He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama. But "pound for pound, year after year, nobody has taught us more or brought more information to bear on what is happening at the highest levels of government", says David Greenberg, a professor of history and journalism at Rutgers University and author of "Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency". In the book, Trump says of the former Alabama senator: "This guy is mentally retarded".

THE RESPONSE: In a statement, Kelly is quoted as saying, "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it's exactly the opposite". Woodward's piece prompted "a shouting match between Woodward and Gene Sperling", Obama's economic adviser, "followed by an e-mail in which Sperling said that Woodward "will regret staking out that claim" - words perceived at the time as a veiled threat.

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