Donald Trump asked Bob Woodward to include the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in his book Rage, the author said Sunday night – and when it was not possible, tweeted that the book was “going to be fake”.
Woodward’s book is based on 17 on-the-record conversations with the president and has sparked a huge controversy, guaranteeing equally big sales when it hits shelves on Tuesday. Simon & Schuster’s initial print run reportedly had 1.3m copies.
Trump’s confession that he has downplayed the threat of coronovirus, which continues as electoral battles against Joe Biden, has come as a severe blow. To promote that campaign, the administration has presented a series of diplomatic deals on the world stage as evidence of success.
In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes, Woodward said he spoke to Trump again on August 14.
“It’s a difficult book,” Woodward said. “There are going to be things that aren’t like you, decisions I’ve made.”
The President said: “Well, I did not meet you on this book. Maybe I will meet you on the next one.
“An hour later,” Woodward said, “he tweeted that the book Bob Woodward is fake.”
“Trump’s,” Bob Woodward’s book, as usual, will be a FAKE Tweet Read.
Woodward made his name with Carl Bernstein nearly 50 years ago, reporting the Watergate scandal that brought Richard Nixon down. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes after bestseller Fear and Rose is his second Trump book.
Woodward continued his publicity tour, speaking to NBC Today on Monday, again defending his decision to save Trump’s tape to reduce the coronovirus threat to the book, with more than 190,000 dead in the US accepted.
Regarding foreign policy, NBC played an unheard-of tape of Trump, discussing his relationship with autocratic and oppressive world leaders.
Referring to the Turkish president, Trump said, “I get on very well with Erdoआनan.” “Everyone says what a ‘terrible man’ is, but it works for me. It’s fun, the harder and meaner the relationships I have, the better I get with them. Explain to me. That’s fine someday, but maybe it’s not a bad thing.
“Easy ones are probably the ones I don’t like or don’t get along with as much.”
Woodward stated, “The President unilaterally controls foreign relations. And they have decided, ‘Oh, I’m going to come with Putin, I’m going to be a long way with Crown Prince MBS of Saudi Arabia. I am going to try to come up with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, but not South Korea, and he just smashes South Korea, time and time again, in my interview. ”
Mohammed bin Salman, the head of the Saudi crown, is believed to have ordered the murder and removal of Jamward Khashogi, a contributor to Woodward’s paper, the Washington Post.
In Rage, Woodward said Trump said he was “delighted” that MBS denied complicity in the murder and also said of Prince: “I saved her ass.”
“He is the United States face for the world,” Woodward told NBC. “And they’ve said, ‘Hey look, I get along with these bad guys, but not with the good guys.”
Woodward’s conclusion to Rage is set to go down in posterity.
“When his performance as president is taken as a whole,” they write, “I can only come to one conclusion: Trump is the wrong man for the job.”
He told CBS that it was “a conclusion based on evidence, overwhelming evidence, that he could not rise to the occasion with the virus and tell the truth. And the one thing that President Trump told me was, ‘On the presidency, There is always dynamite behind the door. ‘
“The real dynamite is President Trump. He is dynamite. “