President Donald Trump frequently rants and raves in public, and almost every time that information gets reported on in the press.
But, there are tons of things that Trump does behind the scenes that we still don’t know about.
Bob Woodward, a longtime investigative reporter with the Washington Post, is releasing a book entitled “Fear,” which showcases hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with administration officials and other people inside Trump’s orbit.
One of those accounts that we haven’t heard of, includes Trump trying to criticize McCain, who died on August 25th, of being a “coward” for taking early release from a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam because of his father’s military rank. Trump said he was wrong for leaving others behind.
But – the truth is – as everybody knows – is that McCain actually did the opposite.
Trump was having a dinner with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with other senior officials when he made the comment.
Defense Secretary Mattis had to correct him: “No, Mr. President, I think you’ve got it reversed.” Mattis then explained in front of everyone that McCain turned down early release and was tortured more for it during his entire five years at the Hanoi Hilton.
According to Woodward’s book, Trump simply replied: “Oh, okay.” He probably felt embarrassed at the dinner but Woodward didn’t specify.
That’s not the re-countable moment from the book: there are dozens more.
Here’s one: Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was accused of launching a chemical attack on Civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said that he wanted to assassinate the dictator.
“Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,” Trump said, according to Woodward.
Being his subordinate, Mattis told Trump that he would get right to it, but as soon as he hung up the phone he told a senior aide: “We’re not going to do any of that. We’re going to be much more measured.”
Mattis then made sure the national security team presented Trump with a number of options to choose from that would be more appropriate. Trump decided to go with just an airstrike, of which Russia was notified of in advance, but no assassination.
Update: The Post released the entire audio phone call between Woodward and President Trump talking about the book.
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