Legendary journalist Bob Woodward is releasing his exhaustive analysis of the Trump administration soon and this morning The Washington Post — which received an early copy — recounted some of the juiciest segments of the 448-page book. The portrait that emerges is one of an absurdly incompetent, unprecedentedly chaotic administration populated with backstabbing egomaniacs and crooks.
Needless to say, President Trump is presented in a deeply unflattering way. He’s shown to be erratic, unfocused, and constantly agitated. According to Woodward, Trump has said his Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “mentally retarded” and mocked his former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster for wearing cheap suits “like a beer salesman.”
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama,” Trump said of Sessions.
Trump is reportedly still frustrated with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation after it was revealed that he had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump wanted Sessions to stay involved with the probe so that he could meddle and run interference.
During one particular segment of Woodward’s book, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is depicted as being particularly frustrated with Ivanka Trump’s behavior. Ivanka has been serving as a sort of political surrogate for her father, traipsing around the world as an unpaid official, exploiting her father’s newfound political power.
“You’re a goddamn staffer. You walk around this place and act like you’re in charge, and you’re not. You’re on staff!” Bannon is said to have yelled at Ivanka.
“I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter,” Ivanka shot back. The book is said to be full of similiar such interactions between different members of the regime.
Zeke Miller of the AP reports that the White House has now officially responded to the book in a predictable fashion. White House Press Secretary and professional liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders flatly denied the books salacious claims.
“This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad. While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people. Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results. Democrats and their allies in the media understand the President’s policies are working and with success like this, no can beat him in 2020— not even close,” Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 4, 2018
Of course, there no reason to believe a word that Huckabee Sanders says due to her long history of blatantly lying on behalf of Trump. The White House has nothing even vaguely resembling credibility these days. In fact, the more vehemently they deny a story, the more likely it seems to be true.