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

"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.


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

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Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (65)
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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?


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


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.


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.


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.