Trump Comes Out Swinging At Bob Woodward

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump expressed fury with a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward about the early days of his administration, in a series of Monday morning tweets.

“The Woodward book is a Joke – just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources,” Trump tweeted. “Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!”

The president also tweeted analysis from a Washington Examiner reporter who appeared in a television segment saying:

“I’m taking this book with a grain of salt and everyone should do the same,” Katelyn Caralle said, per Trump. “Multiple sources, but almost every one of them has come out and discredited the claims made by Woodward. You cannot take this book too seriously.”

Trump has been incensed by several passages of the book, including claims that he ordered Secretary of Defense James Mattis to assassinate Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, that his former NEC director Gary Cohn took documents off his desk, and general alleged quotes from his senior aides disparaging his intelligence. (RELATED: We Asked Trump About Bob Woodward’s New Book. Here’s What He Said)

Several members of the White House staff and senior officials have struck back at Woodward in statements calling the book “fiction” and dismissing it outright. The book nonetheless has and will likely to continue to draw Trump’s ire.