"Fear": Woodward’s New Book Provides Shocking Details On Trump Admin Fiascos

Mike Mish Shedlock

"Fear" is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

The Washington Post has an advance copy and posted some startling revelations in its report Bob Woodwards new book reveals a nervous breakdown of Trumps presidency.

>John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the presidents then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.

>In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.

>This things a goddamn hoax, Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, I dont really want to testify.

>The dramatic and previously untold scene is recounted in Fear, a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward that paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals.

>After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator. Lets fucking kill him! Lets go in. Lets kill the fucking lot of them, Trump said, according to Woodward.

>Mattis told the president that he would get right on it. But after hanging up the phone, he told a senior aide: Were not going to do any of that. Were going to be much more measured.

Administrative Coup dEtat

My favorite part of the WaPo insights involve the theft of documents right off the president's desk.

>A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trumps inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

>Woodward describes an administrative coup detat and a nervous breakdown of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the presidents desk so he couldnt see or sign them.

>According to Woodward, Cohn stole a letter off Trumps desk that the president was intending to sign to formally withdraw the United States from a trade agreement with South Korea. Cohn later told an associate that he removed the letter to protect national security and that Trump did not notice that it was missing.

>Cohn made a similar play to prevent Trump from pulling the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, something the president has long threatened to do. In spring 2017, Trump was eager to withdraw from NAFTA and told Porter: Why arent we getting this done? Do your job. Its tap, tap, tap. Youre just tapping me along. I want to do this.

>Under orders from the president, Porter drafted a notification letter withdrawing from NAFTA. But he and other advisers worried that it could trigger an economic and foreign relations crisis. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: I can stop this. Ill just take the paper off his desk.

Wow!

I have no idea what else is in book other than still more excerpts and bylines in the WaPo article.

Here is one more tidbit regarding Trumps handling of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

>At the urging of advisers, he then condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but almost immediately told aides, That was the biggest fucking mistake Ive made and the worst speech Ive ever given, according to Woodwards account.

Wow! That's explosive stuff.

On Amazon: Fear: Trump in the White House

Disclosure: I make a few cents per book if you use that link. It does not impact the price you pay.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (65)
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APRnow
APRnow

All attempting to comprehend Trump. Some coming this close (the cartoonist Trudeau for example); but all missing. I'll make it easier: Trump is a Democrat. Got it?

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

More interested to read anything similar about the other side, HRC, fFoundation, Server etc.. Not much about Trump can shock now.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

Ho hum. The Washington Post reviews something critical of the President. NeverTrumpers fall all over themselves giving publicity to the review and the book. Where is the news here?

It would be news if Bob Woodward published something based on supportable facts.

shamrock
shamrock

It's fun to read for those of us who hate that lowlife dirtbag, but in reality there's no way to know how much of it is true. Dowd has already issued a denial of sorts of the "mock interview" description.

aqualech
aqualech

Mish....do you really give the WaPo or any of its minions any credibility? With the Russia collusion thing fizzling out, this is pretty clearly the new tac by the Deep State apparatus to unseat DJT. Believing this is like believing the Steele Dossier.

Blurtman
Blurtman

Those hacks trying to be relevant.

Jojo
Jojo

Luckily Trump can't read, so will never know the gory details of how his staff is managing him and saving the USA fro losing more of our reputation than we already have!

2banana
2banana

Gee another anti-Trump book from the fake legacy news media - never saw that one coming. What it really shows is a nervous breakdown of the deep state which is desperate to stop Trump.

Hey Mish - where was your "WOW" blog when Woodward penned the below. Criminal charges for basically using foreign intelligence agencies to throw an American election? From the obama administration. Most likely ON ORDERS from obama. Oh wait - that never happened. But Russia, Russia, Russia!!!!

Realist
Realist

I feel sorry for Americans. Trump is the worst president in US history.

MntGoat
MntGoat

Trump has had to spend his entire presidency fighting off what is likely a completely fake frame job of a Russia investigation by the deep state. His entire presidency has been clouded by something they have no proof of (yet at least). What other president has had to face anything like that from day 1? That has to take a lot of his mind share and energy. The whole reason for the investigation to begin with is very Fishy. Peter "we will stop him" Strzok running Clintons email investigation? Fake dossier used by the Obama DOJ to start spying on Trumps campaign?

What other president has had their personal attorney raided pre dawn? Campaign mgr indicted. CFO of his company granted immunity. And all the reason they could do that to Trump was a fake dossier? What would have happen if Bill Clintons personal attorney was raided when his was under investigation for Lewinsky? Or the Clinton foundation CFO was granted immunity?

He gives this Omarosa lady a job in his admin and she returns the favor by secretly taping him and writing yet another book to bash Trump? WTF? It is just endless.

El_Tedo
El_Tedo

What an embarrassing post. The Washington Post? Seriously? Anything to distract from your mining stocks, down another 3 to 5% today.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

Topping the list: Wilson, GWB, Obama, maybe Johnson. Trump, tops when counting for sensations.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Trump has been profiled imho and they know that if they goad him enough, in time, he will hurt or exhaust himself by reacting. Hence the constant poking with a stick to torment.

mkestrel
mkestrel

the only fear is in the democrat party and media as they become obsolete.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

Wow! That's explosive stuff.

Not really.

What would actually be explosive? If Muelkers team had bothered to check and see whos password was active on the DNC server at the approximate time the Podesta e-mails went missing.

They cannot risk discovering that it was DNC mole Seth Rich who leaked the Podesta e-mails to Wikileaks and so, 18 months of wasteful spending of tax dollars has gone by and still Mueller has yet to do what should have taken place on Day One of his bogus investigation.

In summary,

Leaker of Podesta e-mail = explosive stuff

Amalgamation of lies, half-truths, distortions and exaggerations cobbled together by Woodward = sensationalized fake news

Bill Fawell
Bill Fawell

What a bunch of bullshit. Anyone that believes what this neocon rat has to write deserves every little ball of bullshit on the brain they get. What neocon tripe. Sorry for the language, but I want to be unequivocal in my condemnation. I mean, Woodward works for Jeff Bazos, need I say more?

PodUK
PodUK

I don't normally think of Mish as a gullible fool, but anyone who believes the story that: "Gary Cohn stole letters off Donald Trump's desk in the Oval Office" is a gullible fool. P.S., no offense intended.

RonJ
RonJ

"John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III."

Somebody wrote a book titled "Three Felonies a Day." Somebody else said, "show me the man and i will show you the crime."

Former prosecutor Sydney Powell was on Cavuto a few weeks ago and for one talked about the sham prosecution of Arthur Anderson. She said 4 innocent men went to prison and thousands lost their jobs. All from prosecutors going after underlings, to get the people at the top.

Trump has been treated with a double standard, compared to Hillary. Also, no bankers have been criminally prosecuted for massive financial crimes during the housing bubble. A few years ago i read a news story that a man who was jailed since April, had been found dead in his jail cell in August. He had allegedly stolen something worth 5 dollars. Bankers stole billions. I fail to see the justice in that.

RonJ
RonJ

"After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017"

I don't think that has ever been proven. I remember seeing a photo of small crater in a road, which had a tube, which was bent in the middle. Certainly not a professional device.

Sechel
Sechel

Unlike Wolff or Omarosa Woodward has a stellar reputation. Trump wants to argue Woodward is lying but in 50 years of journalism there is simply no evidence of such behavior. Of course the point about Woodward's book is that the White house is shambolic, chaotic and disorganized and Donald Trump often unhinged. Well since the book came out Trump and the White house have been engaging in a counter-attack that does nothing but prove Woodward's book is spot on.

It's not hard to see that Trump does not run a professional White House. Staff turnover is high, they're constantly fending off crisis of their own making, initiatives are bungled as well. This shouldn't come as a surprise what we're hearing is not different than how things were handled at the Trump Organization. which was a small time operation with a occupying just a few floors on 5th avenue.

After 18 months there are just too many accounts telling a similar story for this not to be believed. Each account corroborates the meat of the accounts preceding it.

KidHorn
KidHorn

No doubt this book will be used as ammo in the upcoming impeachment hearings. Will follow the same path as the dossier. Doesn't matter if it's factual or not.

Sechel
Sechel

Everyone talks about the deep state and coups. Well if the Mattis and Cohn examples are to be believed we sort of have an administrative coup where people ignore the President and the administrators are really running things. And its not surprising when we have a President who spends every weekend at his resorts, and during the week hours on twitter and watching Tivo and calling media executives like Sean Hannity. These sorts of things happen when the manager is inept.

JavaMe
JavaMe

Hmmm...published just in time for midterms by a WAPO career establishment political hack like Bob Woodward. That's not suspicious at all.

Now time to release the "highly acclaimed" hollywood biopics on how prominent white male deplorables are destroying the country

Dsgn
Dsgn

The left wins regardless: "... deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville ..." Don't know why that quote was important enough to include. Lotsa trigger words.

But the organizer was an Occupy Wall Street Obomba supporter; the police conspired with (bussed-in?) antifa to create a riot (perhaps their command was on S payroll too?); complete with a brand new nazi flag purchased by a liberal; and a death from over-eating. I guess simple sound bites camouflaging complex partisan issues are attractive to ... everybody? Especially Woodward & Bernstein & the Compost Crew.

truthseeker
truthseeker

Mish if you had to vote again would you vote for Hillary?

Hammeringtruth1
Hammeringtruth1

I believe Woodward about as much as I believe Trump.

oudaveguy98
oudaveguy98

Was anyone suspecting anything other than more sensationalism from Woodward? A boring, functional bureaucracy laboring against itself and a bitter, embattled status quo isn't going to sell books or serve as an effective smear piece for a msm that is consumed with covfefe typos and how many scoops of ice cream Trump eats.....


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