Journalist, Bob Woodward, who is also a chronicler of presidencies and an author of books with catchy titles such as “State of Denial” and, “Obama’s Wars,”which he has written during the Bush and Obama eras, also wrote a book on the Trump Presidency, titled simply “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
The book should be published on September 11, but copies were acquired early by the Washington Post and CNN. According to the reporting of those outlets, Woodward doesn’t soften his words or actions.
Woodward writes that President Donald Trump’s closest aides, including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, privately insulted the president, with Mattis saying Trump has the smarts of “a fifth or sixth grader.” During a meeting, Kelly allegedly told the gathered staffers, “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything.” Later, he added, “This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
In addition to this, Woodward writes that Trump’s aides often attempted to trick or at least give the false information to the president, stealing letters from his desk and direct his attention to something else. Two of the staffers reported to have involved in sneak tactics are Rob Porter and Gary Cohn — both of them have since left the White House.
After the book was finished, Trump called Woodward in early August to complain that he couldn’t find time to speak to him about the book — maintaining that he never received a call and even putting Kellyanne Conway on the line to try to make things clear. In what seems to be some kind of last-ditch damage control effort, the president boasted about the state of the country for a few minutes before saying, “So I have another bad book coming out.”
While it’s expected to be more in-depth, Woodward’s reporting appears to be true to most of the inside reports we’ve seen from the Trump White House. There have been scores of reports revealing the president’s obsession with the Russian investigation — even the president’s own tweets read like scattered hate-mail to Robert Mueller.
That narrative is echoed in “Fear.” The Washington Post reports that sometimes the president’s “paranoia” about the Russian probe “paralyzes the West Wing for entire days.”
In contrast with the other Trump critics who have profited from book deals, like Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Michael Wolff, Woodward is a pillar of credibility. He destroyed former President Richard Nixon and there are numerous Pulitzer Prizes with his name on them.